A little office romance won't hurt...once done correctly!
From flirting over the photocopier to lunch dates and after work limes, we must admit that office romance is the foundation to many long term fulfilling relationships —as well as a forerunner to nasty breakups. Yet...many of us continue to indulge. Over the years companies have implemented rules to discourage the practice of romantic office relations, especially ones between managers and employees. It is the view of many that workplace relationships are a difficult issue and can be a huge risk for companies. They believe that they can lead to favoritism and if they go sour they can lead to litigation.
When this topic came to mind I set out to ask around about office romances and to my surprise it seems very prevalent in our society. One person described their office fling as “fun and energising” and even went on to say that it increased their productivity. Another said that even though they tried to keep their relationship private, everyone noticed. Eventually, she resigned from the company and they are now married with two children. It wasn’t such a happy ending for one guy who still finds it difficult facing his ex everyday. According to him “getting over someone is hard enough but it’s even harder when they are sitting next to you every day.”
Restricting office romance is near impossible because as the saying goes “the heart wants what it wants.” Here is a guide (just a guide) that can help prevent the situation from turning ugly.