As many red flags as the office romance waves, it actually can make a lot of sense.
Because so often we jump freely and willingly into a relationship without considering all the consequences. “If the focus of your desires is in your line of authority, such as your boss or your subordinate, you’re on very risky ground,” says Jerry Talley, a former Stanford professor and therapist. Best to keep your feelings to yourself.” Mixing work and play, and not keeping the separation between our individual lives and our dating lives that we’re used to, can pose relationship-ending dangers at the best of times.
It’s obviously worse if you’re interested in someone with whom you work on a daily or regular basis.
But even if they are in a separate department or on a different floor, making sure you’re not bringing your relationship with you to work each day adds even more stress.
So you have to decide: Is all the fuss and bother worth it to you?
“If the person is a coworker, are you prepared to have them as an ex-lover, working on projects, sitting in meetings?
Given how much time we all spend at work, it’s easy to be tempted by office romance—and many of us are.
A 2009 Career Builder survey found that 40 percent of respondents had dated a coworker, and 18 percent had done so more than once.
But before you rush into dating a coworker, consider these eight downsides: 1. When both of you share the same work world, you can’t turn it off.
No matter how much you try to avoid it, you’ll find yourselves talking about work and colleagues when you’re trying to have a romantic dinner. Your significant other’s problems at work will become your problems.
If your girlfriend doesn’t get along with her boss, is that going to impact your own relationship with that boss? What if she gets fired or treated in a way she feels is unfair?
Is that really not going to impact your own morale?