A recent survey showed that over 60% of workers have had some sort of office romances. Half of those admitted that it affected their working life in some way. And that doesn’t include the third who were already married or in a permanent relationship of some sort! While some of these ‘relationships‘ consisted of little more than a brief fling at the office Christmas party or getting jiggy in the lift, many were of a more serious nature. Having an office romance can be very tempting. Not only are you sharing a career or job with this guy, but you’re probably spending as much, if not more, time with him than anybody else, including your partner.
In America, companies will often make you sign a document forbidding you from dating your colleagues, but in practice it is very hard to legislate against. Make sure that you are aware of any company policy before you embark on that hot romance with Stewart from accounts. Also bear in mind some of these pros and cons.
- You‘ve always got loads to talk about with plenty of work issues and colleagues in common.
- It often goes at a nice pace — from work colleague, to friend, to lover.
- You can share the journey to and from work.
- You pretty much know where he is and who he is with most of the time.
- There‘s always someone to share office gossip with!
- Seeing someone on such a constant, regular basis, both personal and professional can cause strain in relationship.
- If you‘re not discreet, your job might be in jeopardy.
- Having to deal with the aftermath of the relationship, whoever ends it, can be very tough when you have to keep seeing him
- You may become the targets of office gossip yourselves
- lf you are dating someone on a different level from you, resentment and accusations of favouritism might crop up amongst your other colleagues.