It’s a phrase that can be both intriguing and cringe-worthy. And with Valentine’s Day on the horizon, it seems like the conversation is shifting more and more toward this slightly controversial topic: office romance.
They say you can’t control who you fall in love, and sometimes when you’re spending long hours at work, you can’t help but get to know your co-workers a little better — and sometimes it blossoms into something more.
The problem is few people stop to consider the repercussions of starting a flirtation — or more — with one of your co-workers. What happens if it goes sour? Will you have to go out of your way to avoid that person for the rest of your time at the company? What if it goes well? How do you maintain a level of professionalism so that it doesn’t interfere with your work life?
Monster tackled this very topic in a recent article called “Office Romance Dangers: Why You Shouldn’t Date a Coworker,” offering five reasons why it’s not such a hot idea to date someone you work with.
Prepare for the worst. It is possible your soul mate landed an account executive position two offices down from you, but chances are, he didn’t. You can’t count on a happy ending, and you have to keep your expectations reasonable. And if things do work out, that’s a whole ‘nother ball game, because one of you may be asked to leave, depending on your company’s policies.
Promotions make things sticky. What if you get promoted after starting this office romance? Now you’re in a relationship with a subordinate who you might one day have to give a performance review to or discipline for one reason or another. That’s just awkward.
Don’t fuel the rumor fire. It’s almost impossible to keep an office romance under wraps. So what happens when your co-workers find out? They might say, “I can’t believe he’s going out with her,” or they might say, “Of course he got that raise. Look who he’s dating.” People can be vicious, and PDAs can be an easy way for someone to sabotage your career.
For more reasons to keep the romance out of the office, read the rest of the Monster article here.