How to work with your ex

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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

  • Confidence
  • 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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