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How to deal with workplace romances gone wrong

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Workplace romances aren’t an uncommon occurrence. In Australia, and most anywhere else for that matter, coworkers can gravitate to one another and relationships can form. Sometimes, they can be quite beautiful and can become long-lasting, even after those individuals leave the company. Other times, they can sadly go sour which can lead to issues on the job. Whether you’re in the medical profession or some other industry, you need to know how to handle yourself if a relationship such as this turns bad. Conducting yourself properly could mean the difference between keeping your job and losing it. Let’s look at a few options for how you might defuse this touchy situation.

Try to talk about it.

If you’re in a relationship with your coworker and things aren’t working out, it’s important that both you and your partner sit down and have a talk about how things should go while on the job. Perhaps you could meet up for one last lunch date or simply have a good heart-to-heart phone call. Either way, clearing the air is a great way to keep any on-the-job awkwardness to a minimum.

Give each other space.

Anyone who’s had a relationship go bad can tell you that after a breakup, the two parties involved usually don’t want to see each other for a good while. It’s tough to deal with the hurt of a bad breakup and even more so when you work together. Unless you work in the same department, it’s best to avoid each other for a while. In the healthcare industry, this isn’t always easy to do, especially if you both work in the same practice. Just maintain an “all-business” attitude with each other, and don’t bring your emotional baggage into the workplace.

Talk to HR if needed.

In some cases, when the breakup is a truly bad one, it may be difficult for you to talk it out just among yourselves, and it might also be hard to be in the same building at the same time. If you can’t work it out with a good chat or with keeping your distance from each other, it may be time to bring in a third party. Speak with HR about it, and see if they can’t help you find a good solution. If fraternisation isn’t allowed, you may face some form of disciplinary action, but that’s still better than letting your job be put in jeopardy because of your partner’s bad attitude.

Think about moving on.

No one wants to think about this option as most people love their jobs and don’t want to give them up. Still, if you can’t find any other way to resolve your issues, it might be best for one of you to find a different place to work. It doesn’t have to be a major change, though. If you work at a hospital, you could seek a transfer to either a different department or perhaps to another hospital in the same city. Granted if you’re a neurosurgeon, for example, you can’t just switch over to Oncology. In some cases, you may have to stay where you are.

No matter what your situation, consider all your options carefully, and try to resolve any issues you have with your partner without compromising your career in the process.



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