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An affair to forget

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Jane, a vice president at a New Jersey-based chemical company, shares her story:

I found out recently that my colleague Sara (another VP) is having an affair with Ralph, the president of our division.

I'm very upset. I work closely with Sara and Ralph, who are both married with young kids. What's worse, I feel as if I can no longer trust Sara. She keeps finding reasons to take business trips to the same place where Ralph happens to be. It's like she's taking advantage of the company for her own personal reasons.

With so little credibility, Sara is not able to do her job well. People snicker all over the place, so it's a distraction. And I depend on Sara to pull her weight, so her private life now affects my professional performance.

We have a good CEO who really needs to be told about this affair. Right now, he doesn't seem to know. But everyone else in the company knows! I'm tempted to tell him, but I'm really hoping someone else does it. The CEO and I get along well, but I'd feel uncomfortable bringing it up.

There's another repercussion to all this. The company is rewarding its best managers by taking them on an incentive trip to Florida. Sara and I qualified to go; Ralph automatically goes because of his senior position.

They're getting adjacent hotel rooms. It ruins the trip for me knowing they're using it to have an illicit fling ...

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