Office romances such as dating a man in the workplace are full of risks. Before you start flirting over the copy machine, think about where an office romance could take you. In fact, your company may have a firm policy discouraging dating a co-worker or at least dating a person within the same department. Moral of the story: Think before you date a co-worker.
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It was like the post-WWII baby boom at my publishing company in Manhattan. The ladies' room was full of women patting their stomachs, complaining about morning sickness that lasted all day and chugging Cheerios to battle nausea. I had never seen anything like it at any place I've ever worked.
Each week Lyz on Love aspires to do one thing. Make a video that doesn't suck. If I aspire to do two things, it's a video that doesn't suck on love and relationships topics from around the web. This week, I'm talking inter-office dating. Co-worker canoodling. Dipping your pen in the company ink. Carpooling. Did I forget anything?
Crushes, in general, can be a nail-biting emotional roller coaster but when it’s on someone you have to see every work day, things can get a bit awkward. With frequent opportunities for interaction, how do you manage to keep your foot out of your mouth?
Workplace romances are hardly uncommon. After all, you're probably clocking in more hours at the office than at home. It's easy to develop close on-the-job relationships that can take a romantic turn. But what often starts as a titillating romp in the supply room can quickly turn into a train wreck, endangering your career and your future. Are you willing to chance it? If so, you're not alone. Celebrities, politicians and high powered executives have been known to risk everything for an on-the-job fling.
It happens to the best of us. One day, we're eying regular guys as usual, and then BAM, we start crushing on someone who probably doesn't belong with us: our best friend's boyfriend, the dreamy part-time assistant who is barely of legal age, or the doctor for whom we are tempted to invent aches and pains. Thanks to the forbidden fruit factor, inappropriate crushes are often more potent than the average ones, and thus require special attention to either eradicate or indulge.
Asking your boss for sex clearly crosses the line from work flirting to sexual harassment, as one Australian former police officer learned. Is female success within the workplace making women more sexually aggressive? Are women so darn overworked they can't think of anywhere else to seek out some action? And—most disturbingly—are women more likely than men to get away with it?
As many red flags as the office romance waves, it actually can make a lot of sense. Spending a good chunk of our waking hours around the same people naturally allows us to get to know them better and become more comfortable talking, joking, laughing — maybe even flirting. But when you date someone in your office, it can become more and more difficult to leave your relationship drama at home where it belongs. Why? Because it follows you on your commute. And what if steamy encounters of undeniable chemistry tempt you out of your super-professional comfort zone … and into the HR department for a talk about the office's dating policy? Keeping work professional and keeping what's personal exciting is something most sensible women opt not to put on their to-do list. But there's no denying that it can happen. So here are the red flags to remember before making your move, and how to handle it once (or if!) you do.
Given that most people spend 2,000 hours a year at work, it's likely that at some point, a co-worker will make you want to dip your pen in the company ink. Forty percent of people have done it. Sure there are risks: Meeting-table awkwardness, colleague gossip and a sullied reputation. But on the upside, you might get to do it on your boss's desk. Avoid these conversation clichés to stay on the fast track to some serious job satisfaction.
It's always tricky to mix up work and romance, but in this downturn, I couldn't ignore the very real tug of the rent, loans, bills piling up. So if I couldn't have Raj as my boyfriend, at least there was something else I might get out of this encounter: some much needed peace of mind.