Despite all the cautionary tales regarding the dangers of office romance, countless employees wind up in relationships with co-workers every year.
And as you might expect when two people try to maintain both a business and emotional relationship – while spending virtually every waking hour together keeping the whole thing a secret – workplace dating often ends in tears.
So if workplace dating is such a bad idea, why do employees keep doing it?
Is it because the stress of working together creates a unique bond between people?
Make sure to have some time apart and set rules about talking about work.
Policies regarding office dating vary, and Saylin advises every budding couple carefully review their employer’s rules and regulations.“Most employers take the position that it is difficult to prohibit these relationships so they would rather manage them to make sure it doesn’t have a negative effect on productivity and office morale.”He says must companies and have employee handbooks that detail specific policies about dating, including professionalism in the workplace, confidentiality rules and anti-retaliation policies.
People who are drawn to the same employer often have common interests and a similar outlook on life.
In fact, some of today’s best-known power couples began their relationships while working together.
It can be grounds for immediate termination,” says Grasz.
She adds that most companies will move the worker to a different division or team to make sure there is not conflict of interest.
Navigating the normal dating world can be hard enough, but it gets a lot more complicated for couples that work together.