Workplace flings can be fun and sometimes successful too. But there are many things to consider - both positive and negative - before taking the plunge into an office romance.
So, where's the line between friendship and dating? If you start seeing someone in office, who can you confide in? Should you try to keep it a secret? What if someone finds out? Is being honest about it from the get-go a better tactic? What are the consequences of breaking up with a colleague?
These points are critical, especially, if you want to advance in your career. Read on for the pros and cons of an office romance.
As with most new relationships, the real excitement comes in the early stages: the flirting, the glances, the playful jokes. These certainly bring joy to a long, hard day at office.
Boost of excitement in your life:So your guy/girl is an office hottie. Chances are you'll feel and act like one yourself. You are on the top of the world, and couldn't care less about others in office.
You have meals together and have someone to confide in: An otherwise boring office lunch can magically turn into an intimate lunch date complete with flirting and romance. During the private time, you'll always have something to talk about as you live and breathe the same workspace. You can be there for each other when either of you needs to blow off some steam about work-related problems.
With the good comes the bad. But in a relationship, bad is not just bad, it's really bad, it's horrible. Imagine: mood swings, jealousy, boss trouble, office gossip and more. Office romances have some big drawbacks.
So, dating at work can be a recipe for disaster. Here's how.
Chinese whispers: If you gossiped about co-workers with her/him or badmouthed your present/future boss during your good times together, be rest assured, those comments are coming back to haunt you. Which, quite clearly isn't the case anymore. In fact, she/he quite likely is closer to others now.
Moving on: What's worse, jealousy can take its toll when you see her/him flirting with other colleagues, going on lunch dates and ultimately living a life again, one that has no place for you. And that's going to hurt...
So there you have it. Unless you honestly think you can juggle your career and relationship at the same time, in the same space - the office - you might do yourself a favour by considering the potential outcomes, before beginning such a relationship.