Talking to Your Boss About Infertility
Infertility can be a hard subject to discuss. A diagnosis of infertility is highly personal, and you may feel that those around you just won't understand. Even those closest to you, including your family, friends, and coworkers, may be difficult to talk to. However, when it comes to your place of employment, you may need to discuss a certain amount of information about your experiences with your employer. Whether you need time off, a break in your job duties, or just an understanding ear, here are some tips on how to talk to your employer.
Your Infertility Diagnosis and WorkReceiving a diagnosis of infertility can be very surprising and upsetting for some couples. Undoubtedly, you are experiencing a range of emotions, from anger right through to depression. You may be particularly worried about how you are going to deal with work repsonsibilities while managing your diagnosis. Many couples worry about how their infertility may impact upon their work. Specifically, you may worry about:
- how many days off you are going to need to pursue treatment
- whether you will be physically up to going to work
- whether you are emotionally ready to go back to work
Why Tell Your Employer?You may be wondering why you should tell your employer anything about your diagnosis of infertility. Though it can be difficult, keeping your employer informed about your situation can be helpful in many ways, particularly if you are going to be needing a lot of time off work. By letting your employer know about your diagnosis, she may be able to:
- reorganize your work schedule
- change your work responsibilities
- provide you with extra time off
- allow you to work from home
- provide you with more flexible work hours
All of these things can be very helpful, particularly when it comes to scheduling fertility treatments, like IUI and IVF. It can also be helpful should you need to take a break from things, to deal with the emotional impact that an infertility diagnosis can have.