Q: After a long search, I have found my ideal job. The problem is I have since discovered that I’m pregnant. Should I tell my new employer straight away or just take the job and inform them later when I start showing?
A: Pregnancy is a private matter so it is important to remember that you are under no legal obligation to tell your employer.
You have been offered the job because you were identified as the best candidate for the role and your pregnancy is unrelated to the skills you have to offer.
If you think it is appropriate, and you feel comfortable to talk about the situation approach your soon-to-be employer and expect their full support.
Finding the right person for a vacancy is a difficult and expensive process so, by receiving the job offer, you can rest assured that your employer definitely wants you to fulfil the role you have achieved.
The other issue to consider is trust. By telling them about your situation you demonstrate your willingness to be open and honest with them. These are certainly traits that any good employer would value and want to hold on to. JO CAUSON Director, marketing and corporate affairs, Chartered Management Institute