Romantic relationships in workplaces have become more common than ever – offices have people of the opposite sex having frequent interaction with each other, discussing their daily lives and gradually becoming intimate emotional. What starts as a casual work-friendship soon blossoms into an intense romantic encounter.
There are people in the office who share your work interests and professional goals. So, the possibility of developing a relationship with someone who understands you professionally is likely more. So, how does it start?
The work schedules in today’s world demand more time in the office than in the outside world. Hence, when you need someone by your side, you turn to the office people for understanding. One of them might offer continuous support resulting in a romantic relationship.
While working with someone in the office, to accomplish a goal, you might develop a different connection with that person. The connection might turn into an intimate relationship because of the continuous proximity and efforts made to achieve the goal together.
Business parties, dinners, bonding exercises, and business trips, etc. If you frequently bump into someone who shows interest in you, you might tend to form a special relationship with them.
Having a romantic relationship with someone who works in the same office can be really easy and convenient.
But office romances can become problematic especially if it is between Bosses- Subordinate professional roles or if it is extra-marital for any one party. So, just in case you were planning to ask out the new office colleague for a date, here’s what you should know about how it could affect you at the workplace.
Know your company policy
While some companies may take a lenient view of their employees finding love in the office, many others have strong rules in place against this. So do read your company manual carefully to see what the HR mandates are regarding office romances and don’t wait till the relationship becomes too serious to do this. In many cases, these rules apply only to senior management. Some companies may require you to inform your supervisor or HR team that you are dating a colleague.
Keep it discreet
Maintain professional decorum in the office so that nobody can accuse you of shirking work to further your love life! Do not bring relationship troubles to office, or engage in PDA, or spend time only with each other to the exclusion of everybody else.
Do not have a romance to further your career
Having a romantic relationship with somebody influential in the organization or your subordinate may seem very tempting and easier to get into. But it could also get you into serious trouble. For a starter, if things turn sour between you and your paramour, he/ she can ruin your reputation and your prospects in the organization with all the inside ammo that he has on you. It is also a serious matter if things between you go the wrong way and sexual harassment angle brought into the relationship.
Be aware of the law
Ensure that you have proof that the relationship is consensual, especially if a junior colleague is concerned. Secondly, know enough about your legal rights so that you cannot be unfairly treated by your employer in the event of you being hauled up by the management for an office love affair.