I was a guest this morning on WDOK, 102.1 FM in Cleveland, Ohio and the topic was “How to Handle Workplace Break-ups.” The subject was prompted by the recent break-up of two “Dancing with the Stars” partners who had to dance together at the Emmys and must continue working with each other on the show.
Whenever you enter a romantic relationship with someone with whom you work, there is always a chance that it won’t work out. To maneuver such a situation, here are 6 tips on how to survive a workplace break-up:
Tip #1: As hard as it is, be professional and control your post break-up emotions at work. Seriously, is it worth risking your job?
Tip #2: Change the story in your head. Tell yourself your former partner is no longer a lover/friend. He or she is strictly a colleague. Do affirmations in the car on the way to work if you have to!
Tip #3: At the time of the break-up, or soon after, set ground rules with your former partner on how you’re going to work together. For example, no talking about the relationship with each other or with coworkers.
Tip #4: Have a mature attitude. Show up as a grown-up. Even if your former breaks the ground rules, you take the high road.
Tip #5: Give the situation time to heal. Expect awkwardness for awhile.
Tip #6: Keep your resume update, just in case!