How to Deal with a Workplace Affair
"Everything hinges on whether or not this gets back to the boss and if he holds her accountable. Tammi should ask herself, 'What do you think he would do if he found out you spoke with Kyle?' Without knowing him, it's tough to say, but this is a situation that happened outside the workplace and should not have an impact on any decision regarding your employment. That said, if management wants you fired, they usually can come up with some justification to make it happen."
DALE: In other words, it shouldn't happen, but it could. However, stop worrying and put that energy into your work. Make sure you're the star server and that all the regular customers ask for you. Own that clientele, and make yourself the last person the boss would want to lose, which happens to be the best way to keep any job. Jeanine "J.T." Tanner O'Donnell is a professional development specialist and the founder of the consulting firm, JTODonnell.com, and of the career management blog, CAREEREALISM.com. Dale Dauten resolves employment and other business disputes as a mediator with AgreementHouse.com. Please visit them at JTandDale.com, where you can send questions via e-mail, or write to them in care of King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10019. © 2011 by King Features Syndicate, Inc. Photo credit: Shutterstock