“Well, I’m Going to Have a Baby”: Navigating Safety, Stakeholders, and Strategy in Workplace Pregnancy Disclosures
Disclosure, privacy, pregnancy, motherhood, stigma
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This study explores how 92 women disclosed their pregnancies in the workplace. Examining workplace pregnancy disclosure broadly rather than taking a dyadic approach (e.g. employee to supervisor) highlighted tensions and outcomes associated with simultaneously navigating disclosures to multiple colleagues and supervisors. Data analysis revealed four themes: (b) timing safely, (c) diffusing selectively, (d) controlling gatherings, and (e) crafting conversational tones. Findings situate workplace pregnancy disclosure as a dynamic multi-stakeholder process. Women’s accounts suggest that risk is understood as linked to potential future disclosures and the importance of emotion in crafting disclosure interactions.
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Citation / Publisher Attribution
Communication Studies, v. 73, issue 4, p. 425-440
Scholar Commons Citation
Verhoff, China Billotte and Buzzanell, Patrice M., "“Well, I’m Going to Have a Baby”: Navigating Safety, Stakeholders, and Strategy in Workplace Pregnancy Disclosures" (2022). Communication Faculty Publications. 1009.