Sometimes it seems that Cupid doesn’t have the best aim. Or perhaps he has a sick sense of humor. Whatever the reason, love often blooms where we least expect it, and in some instances, romances occur at the workplace.
It’s just a fact of nature when there are adults working in close quarters together, spending a majority of their days at the same office, that a few little crushes will develop. People are bound to create relationships at some point.
However, many offices have non-fraternization policies in place that prohibit dating at work. These regulations help to ensure that the workplace doesn’t turn into an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. (The human resources management team at that hospital must have its hands full!)
Although some professionals argue that these no-dating rules are unfair, many companies are holding strong to their policies. Other businesses are far more lax when it comes to office romances.
Whether a workplace has fraternization rules in place or not, the key to dating at work is discretion. No one will bother two employees engaging in a relationship if the tension, conflict and drama doesn’t overflow into the office. And if couples are genuinely serious about forming a long-term relationship, popular opinion is more favorable than when two co-workers engage in a meaningless fling.
The important thing to remember is that there must be a careful balance and separation between personal life and work.
What do you think? Are office romances completely off limits? Or are there cases in which these relationships are OK?