Should I subtly send a mass group email to everyone, requesting two weeks parental leave for September? Or just tell a few people that we’re pregnant and let the news disseminate naturally around the office all by itself?
Little did I know that in fact my unscheduled pregnancy revelation was about to make me the undisputed king of the office (for a day at least)…
Picture the scene…it’s the end of a long week and our 45-strong team has crammed itself into our largest boardroom – standing room only – for our monthly team meeting.
It was all going so well; an update from our CEO on the company’s stellar performance in the first quarter, some great new client wins and a strong pipeline of new opportunities coming up, a load of exciting marketing initiatives and some great new hires joining our team.
But suddenly and without warning the temperature in the room plummeted as we were informed that two colleagues, one junior and one senior, had been let go with immediate effect, and would not be returning. Let me tell you, nothing kills the mood in a room more than 45 people suddenly questioning the security of their jobs.
As the meeting drew to a close, team morale was at an all time low, with no sign of any reprieve. I knew someone had to say or do something to lift everyone’s spirits and avert a potential disaster…my heart starting thumping in my chest as I realised that ‘that someone’ was me.
“So, before we leave, does anyone have anything they’d like to raise?” chimed our CEO.
I raised my hand, as 90 eyes turned in my direction…
“Just wanted to flag that I’ll be taking a few weeks off in September as my wife and I are… having a baby!
Without warning, the entire room burst into extended and rapturous applause as frowns quickly turned upside down and people whooped with excitement!
Needless to say, that was all anyone could talk about for the rest of the day. Potential team crisis averted and office hero status achieved!
Just 26 weeks and 5 days left to go…
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog. How did you share your pregnancy news with your work colleagues? Were you surprised by their reactions to your announcement? As always, we’d love to hear about your experiences too so please do share your own stories via the comments section below!