Ahh, Monday morning; that annoying time to get up early, schlep into the office and get back to the stresses of the job. An office romance may make Monday mornings easier and more fun.
Romance in the Workplace – The Good These days, people spend the bulk of their time at work, which makes the temptation to start an office romance strong. You get a feel for their intelligence, personality and ethic and this can create a type of chemistry that could lead to something more.Also, when you date somebody at work, they “get” you and the pressures of your job.Dorothy Tannahill Moran puts it this way: “There are groups like law enforcement and the investigative agencies that have had great success actually relationships because the demands and pressures being put on them are often unique to their professions.Being in a relationship where someone knows those demands and how that can likely impact time and availability is vital for any kind of relationship growth.People inherently understand and are attracted to others who “understand” that part of their life.”Another draw of getting involved with a co-worker is the excitement coupled with the “safety” of dating somebody you’ve already gotten to know.
Gregg Ward, Workplace Consultant puts it this way: “There are a lot of “creeps” (both men and women) out there in the world; dating and falling for someone you work with is a lot easier/safer than trying to meet someone in clubs, bars, etc.
And, once the romance starts, it can be very exciting “pretending” to your colleagues that you’re not dating.
Practically speaking, two people in an office romance can also be a force for good; sharing notes/ideas and collaborating well together.”Romance in the Workplace – The Bad There are also a lot of “cons” to dating your co-worker.
The most common one being, if it doesn’t work out, you still have to see your ex and work with him or her everyday.
This is especially hard on the person who didn’t want the relationship to end.
This type of situation can lead to poor performance, increased absenteeism, workplace drama and a possible hostile work environment.