If you work in a company with long working hours – or even short – you probably find a lot of your co-workers falling in love, getting engaged and married, it probably also happened to you, you’re falling for someone you work with, and you don’t know if it is appropriate or not, you feel the office is becoming couples only and you might as well appoint a bouncer at the door.
Office romance is appealing for several reasons; we spend most of our day at work, we see our co-workers more than our friends and acquaintances out of work, seeing people regularly tends to make it easier for us to like them. Another aspect of it is the secrecy, we all enjoy a little suspense every now and then, the suspense of a new relationship is an aphrodisiac and it is even more appealing when we add the thrill of a secret relationship that none can know about.
I do encourage office romance because let’s face it, we’re getting older, our group of friends is becoming limited, we most probably do not have the time to meet someone decent and get to know them well outside of the office. However, one must be cautious while starting an office romance, start slowly with lunch or coffee and casual chitchats, get to know the other person really well, make sure you don’t drag your fights and disagreements to the office, make sure you don’t annoy anyone with your public display of affection – avoid any display of affection altogether, and most importantly make sure that if you breakup you will both behave professionally and respect each other; meaning don’t drag other co-workers into the relationship, don’t badmouth each other, maintain a certain level of respect and professionalism.