Maybe because Valentines was not so long ago but I have been seeing a few articles discussing office romances.
Considering we spend a large percentage of our time at work it isn’t surprising that this is the place where many meet their future partners. These type of romances come with their own list of pros and cons, not just for those involved in the relationship but also those they work with!
I’ve heard stories where relationships have turned sour resulting in one or both parties leaving or changing departments. Saying that I also know people who have met their partners through work, most of whom are still happily together with children.
Should you decide to embark on an office romance there are things you can do to ensure it doesn’t give a cause of concern to your work colleagues and managers.
Check your companies policy regarding co-workers dating. Some companies have a rule in place prohibiting co-workers from dating, best to check your company isn’t one of them. It isn’t that they are trying to prevent their staff from finding love it’s when those relationships begin to affect the company and its employees.
Keep it professional. Avoid public displays of affection, no playing kiss chase in the communal kitchen! It’s all good and well declaring your feelings for one another but no one else wants to see it first thing bleary eyed on a Monday morning whilst they’re trying to grab that all important dose of caffeine.
It’s true what you do in your private time is your business, however if you don’t want your work colleagues to know about your relationship keep it off your social media networks and don’t use company emails, internal messenger systems to send love letters to each other.
Do you tell your boss?. I’m not entirely sure about this one, some articles will tell you that out of courtesy you should tell your boss about your relationship with a co worker. Every situation is different telling your boss about your relationship is something you will have to decide for yourself though I think if you remain professional and your relationship doesn’t effect your work then it shouldn’t be anyone’s business.
What if you end up dating your boss? If you work in separate departments that have little to do with each other this can make things a bit easier. Should you end up dating your boss, have boundaries in place that you both stick to ensuring your personal relationship will not affect your working relationship. Otherwise think about changing managers or moving to a different department.
Should the relationship end both parties should remain professional, this means no venting about each other, no shouting matches in the office.
A lot of this is common sense but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded every now and then.