This is the flip side of the post about how to handle a pregnant direct report. I'm expecting myself, and planning to take 3 months off toward the end of this year after the baby is born. I am the only female manager in the department so I am in somewhat uncharted territory. I've found a million pieces of advice about how to tell MY boss that I'm expecting, but nothing about how to let my direct reports know. I'm hoping some other MT members out there have some advice.
My team will want to know how this impacts them. Not all of the managers in our group have seen the MT light! So my folks are probably going to wonder what will happen to their O3s and that kind of thing. I think they will also wonder who they will be reporting to, will it be one of my peers, will they be split up into other groups temporarily, etc. I have a few people who are likely going to have individual concerns as well (I was hoping for a promotion at the end of the year, what will happen if my manager isn't there; what happens to my project; etc.)
Here were my ideas, feedback appreciated!
- Talk to my boss first (of course) and let him know my plans for leave - I've done the homework for that already
- Ask him to keep it quiet until I could let my team know - I want them to hear it from me
- For what will happen when I'm gone, suggest to my boss that I talk to my team and understand their concerns, get any suggestions from them, and then come back and talk through a plan with him
- Tell the team together at our weekly staff meeting and then follow up in our weekly O3s on any individual questions or concerns
- Ask them for any questions or concerns that they have and make sure there is a plan to work through them
Thanks in advance for any suggestions! Also any tips on what to do to make the transition before and after my leave go more smoothly would also be welcomed.