Telling your friends you’re pregnant is definitely something to look forward to. But telling your boss is typically a bit more anxiety inducing.
Allyson Downey, author of “Here’s the Plan: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy and Parenthood” (out today) was working on Wall Street when she found out she was pregnant. Her desire to have a family didn’t detour her career success — even in a predominately male industry.
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She shares what she learned through her own experience and also through interviews with other successful working parents in her new book. While the book covers tips on advancing your career well into being a parent, here we highlight a few tips from the book specifically about getting ahead while pregnant.
Get your exemplary performance written down
In her book, Downey advises creating a paper trail that highlights all the good work you’ve done and continue to do. If you don’t have a copy of your most recent performance review, request one from human resources. Before you tell your boss you’re pregnant, ask for another performance review, saying you are someone who likes a lot of feedback and you want to make sure you are on track to accomplishing the goals you and the company have. Also, collect any analytical data that reflects what you have done for your company. All of these documents are good to keep in case you ever feel your job is in jeopardy.