- Step 1: Maintain professionalism Maintain a professional demeanor around your former partner. Be polite and courteous, but restrict conversation to business as much as possible.
- Step 2: Communicate In the event your ex brings up a personal matter, take them aside, away from the eyes and ears of co-workers, and explain that it's in both of your interests to keep personal matters outside of the office.
- Step 3: Be sensitive Be sensitive. Don't be sarcastic or insulting, refrain from reminiscing with your old flame, and never flirt with someone else in front of them.
- Step 4: Avoid gossip Don't discuss the breakup with co-workers. Not only will the ensuing gossip damage your professional image, but co-workers may take sides, which can significantly destroy office dynamics.
- TIP: If you have to explain the situation to your boss, emphasize that you and your ex are ready to put work ahead of personal matters.
- Step 5: Wait Be patient. Things will get back to normal if you keep a level head and give it a little time.
- FACT: According to a survey, 10 percent of all office romances started during happy hour.
You Will Need
- A professional demeanor
- Communication skills