Many business owners have engaged in love affairs within their workplace. In some cases these love relationships bloom into a long lasting relationship but in many cases it can be sparked into a burning lawsuit. Yet once these relationships start the owner might feel as though he/she is trapped and doesn’t know how to get out.
The smartest choice an owner can do is not get involved in relationships that mix business and love. Even though these owners know this they still engage in such behavior due to their dominating nature, their need to conquer and their desire to possess the best. However, there are maneuvers that an owner can make to minimize the overall impact.
Once the relationship has turned sour the first step in the process is to have a hard and long discussion with the person you want to break up with. Explain to her/him that you want to leave as friends. Explain to them that the relationship simply isn’t working out but that you still care for them and have feelings for them. Despite these feelings it is time to take some time away from each other.
Now that you have made the break it is important to maintain the friendship sometime afterward. The goal is not to insult the other party, make them feel as though there is something wrong with them or to treat them poorly. Lawsuits are sparked because of hurt feelings and the need for vindication. By treating them with respect and maintaining a friendship for some time you give them an opportunity to recover as well as find someone new in their lives.
If this process fails and the person really is seeking a financial reward as the benefit for having a relationship with you then you can take appropriate measures. These appropriate measures include offering a settlement package that is lucrative enough to nudge the other person to take it but soft enough not to damage the economic viability of the organization.
In most cases people prefer to take the easy route to obtaining wealth than to engage in a long and drawn out process. This impatience can be used in the favor of the organization. Almost every organization that deals with the dirty business of lawsuits uses settlements in weak cases to minimize their losses.
If you happen to get out of this situation without losing your small empire it is wise to think better next time. Engaging in a romantic relationship with someone who works for you is like trying to win a horse race without a horse. Since you are in a position of power you will automatically appear as though you have abused this power. The victim become more likely to win the case.