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How to Announce Your Engagement at Work 2008-04-01 07:59:46

Announcing Your Engagement at Work

Your wedding engagement is undoubtedly one of the most meaningful and memorable moments of your life, so it's no surprise that you want to scroll through your address book and call everyone whose number has been saved. In the midst of your dialing marathon pause when you reach a co-worker's name, and exercise care and common sense when it comes to telling them your big news. The extent that you share your personal details with anyone in the office will surely vary depending on the overall tone of your workplace, but there are some general guidelines that should be noted. Find out how to handle announcing your engagement at work when you

  • Work friends: You know who your true work friends are — they're the ones who have met your fiancé and have spent ample time with you outside of a work function. Let them know you're engaged whenever you please! Your work friends will probably be invited to the wedding because your friendship has grown beyond gossiping and venting at the office. If you were to take another job you would miss them and continue to be friends, because you've bonded beyond the work bubble.
  • Work acquaintances: Your acquaintances probably know that you're in a serious relationship, and your friendly encounters may be daily but are limited to short stops at your desk or in the kitchen. Maybe you have their phone number from some random happy hour, but these aren't people you should call with an engagement announcement. All it takes is a simple test to know if a call would be appropriate: What if the roles were reversed? Would you think it was strange that this person was calling to let you know about a big personal event? They'll surely notice your new left-handed jewelry, and if they're not so observant simply let them know you're engaged when they ask what you did last night or over the weekend.
  • Your boss: This completely depends on your relationship with your boss, but I've found that it's best to let them know that you're engaged in person. Some bosses are uninterested in knowing any personal details of their employees' lives and have made this much clear. In this case, I think it's alright for the rumorville to do the work for you. However, if you have a boss who is more engaged in her employees try and get to her before the rumors strike. She'll appreciate that you went out of your way to include her in the news.

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