Getting engaged to be married gives some girls an automatic tic that causes them to answer any question asking how they are with an explosive, "I'm engaged!" While your skin might be crawling with excitement that's making you burst at the seams, be sure to exercise a bit of cautious control when you're bringing your great news into the office. The majority of engagements occur on weekends when there's plenty of time for romantic celebration, so go into Monday morning with a game plan.
Without interrupting any busy Monday morning phone calls, let your true work friends know about your news by pulling them aside and letting them guess what's different about you (or just explode with the details). It's also just fine to give your work friends a heads up phone call before the work week begins. After all, these are the people who know your fiance and may even be invited to the wedding because you've developed friendships beyond workplace gossip. To see my tips on looping the rest of the office in,
- Work acquaintances: Your acquaintances will be genuinely happy for you, but leave the engagement dishing to your daily kitchen run-ins. If you're not sure whether or not it's appropriate to dial them up to share your news, ask yourself if you'd think it were out of place for them to call you with personal news. Your answer to this scenario should dictate how to proceed.
- Your boss: Some bosses prefer not to know their employee's personal details, and if this sounds like your boss, simply let office gossip run its course. But if your boss has typically been more involved then do your best to tell her before someone else does — she'll appreciate that you thought to share the good news yourself.