How To Survive Office Romance

By: Jennifer Hong - Staff Writer
Published: Apr 27, 2021

How To Survive Office Romance. There is a way to survive a romance at the office, but be warned of the price you pay. This is why it’s never a good idea to date a co-worker or your boss.

How To Survive Office Romance

However, it should not come as a surprise that so many office workers find themselves in romance at their job. They spend more than half of their waking hours at work. You have entered un-chartered territory once you cross that line.

Surviving an office romance is tricky business, as they have their own specific hazards, both during the relationship and when (if) it ends. There will be a lot of emotions left behind. In addition, your career may take a hit when it comes to being professional. However, don’t fret it, we’re only human.

You must first decide if it’s worth it. Here’s a list.

1. Be rational. The time for clear-headed decisions is before you are beyond the point of no return.

2. Find out the official and unofficial office policies regarding dating a co-worker. It’s a bad idea to start an office romance having to hide it.

3. Ask around about your potential soul-mate. Find out if they have dated anyone else in the office. If they have a habit of hooking up and breaking up, you might want to re-think things.

4. Weigh the pros and cons of this office romance. Sure, they might “complete” you, but what good does that do you if you get fired because your personal life gets in the way of doing your job? How “complete” will you feel unemployed?

If you choose to make it work, then here’s another list.

1. Be rational. If you notice that this is a repeat from section 1, it’s not a mistake. It might not be spontaneous or romantic, but setting a few guidelines early will help both of you survive intact. For instance, you should agree on how much physical affection is appropriate at work (by the way, less is always better).

2. Don’t discuss your relationship with anyone else at the office. The last thing employers want is a turf-war over friendships when (if) the office romance sours.

3. Respect your significant other’s boundaries as well as your co-workers’. Keep work and romance separate as much as possible. This one is tough, and it’s really the central issue.


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