Betrayal can be devastating no matter what the situation is. It is always a shock when someone has betrayed you whether it is big or small, trust has been violated. The Webster’s definition of betrayal is; 1. To commit treason against: be a traitor to. 2. To be false or disloyal to. 3. To make known unintentionally. 4. To show or reveal. 5. To lead astray; deceive. Working with someone who has betrayed you is extremely difficult to recover from and work through the hurt for many reasons. One of the reasons it can be so difficult is that you have to continue to do your job at work well, but also you have the hurt of the betrayal that cannot be work through that quickly. Employers dread when things like this happen between their employees as they know their work will be effected by it. If the betrayal is between the employer and employee it can even be harder to mend the hurt and job loss may result from the broken trust. We all know that “as long as we live on this earth with humans we are going to have trust broken at one time or another”, but when it actually happens to us it is hard to believe. The hurt has to be worked through and that will take time, open communication and the willingness by all parties involved to want to move forward. This is easier said than done. Trust takes time to be rebuilt, if at all. The betrayer needs to understand that even though the betrayed may have forgiven them, they have not forgotten what has transpired. There are three types of betrayal: unintentional, premeditated, and opportunistic. Rarely is the relationship the same between the parties depending upon what type of betrayal has taken place and rarely is the workplace the same if the parties remain working together. The link below is to a good article are resolving workplace conflict.