If you find yourself in a situation where you have to work with an ex, it's never easy and often can be down right painful. Going into the situation with a game plan can be a major relief for a difficult environment.
Things You'll Need
- Ability to stay cool under pressure
Make it a rule to never discuss your past relationship during working hours or at the office.
Give each other a great deal of space around your workplace. Don't spend more time together then you have to, with out making a huge deal out of avoiding one another.
Be more then professional around each other. Speak to your ex like he or she is a very serious business associate. This will avoid any misunderstandings in speech.
Treat your ex with respect in the office, looking only at the way he or she works as a judge of their character, and not any past experiences.
If anything happens that makes you feel uncomfortable, nip it in the bud with a polite but firm confrontation with your ex after work or over email.
If you become upset about the situation and don't think you will be about to hold back your emotions, excuse yourself to the bathroom and take a few deep breaths until you are calm again.
Make sure you're open to communicating with you ex.
Tips & Warnings
- Try and not let your particular feelings about your ex overshadow the task at hand
- Don't flirt.
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