Sparking up a romance with someone you work with is... exciting, in the beginning at least. The perks include being excited to go to work everyday, always having someone to eat lunch with, carpool with, and joke around with during all those unnecessary meetings. Plus, it forces you to always be at your best when you come into work; you dress up, and take pride in your appearance for the simple fact that someone is checking for you. Unfortunately, this also means you are about to learn the hard way that dating a co-worker is something that you should probably never do. What starts off as an innocent, endearing, exciting, spontaneous (and everything in between) situation, can quickly turn sour making you feel uncomfortable and leaving your co-workers in awkward circumstances when they have to choose the side they want to take in what was your short lived office romance.
To be honest, it is not all negative though, as some people have actually lucked out and met their spouse at work or at least someone who they ended up being in a very long relationship with before it exploded and left their heart in pieces. It is very likely that you will meet someone who you are very attracted to at a place that you spend roughly 35-40 hours a week at, but let’s strongly encourage people not to mix business with pleasure; you may find that A) It is not worth it, and B) If it does last longer than your employment, then chances are it will not be as great or as fun when you are placed in a dynamic outside of your workplace. Here is a discouraging list of reasons to stay away from office romances.
12 It Can Be Distracting
11 Co-Workers Feel Weird Sitting With You At The Lunch Table
10 Co-Workers Always Assume You Are Making Out
9 If You Get Into A Fight, Everyone Knows
8 You Cannot Show Feelings At Work
7 They Are Generally Based On Office Boredom
6 You Spend Too Much Time Together
5 Co-Workers Will Think You Are Unprofessional
4 You Could Get A “Reputation”
3 You Could Get Fired
2 Everybody Is Bound To Find Out
1 (When You Break Up) You Have To See That Person Everyday
So you’ve broken up (like you knew you would); now you have to go to work and act like you have no problems; you guys are still best friends and can get along just like anyone else. It becomes a cat and mouse game; who can avoid who the best? You know what time they go on lunch so you starve yourself and go later (or eat super early and snack at your desk to hold you over for the rest of the day). That awkward bathroom run-in will never stop, and ultimately one of you ends up quitting or asking to be transferred (if you are lucky enough to have that option) just to avoid the tension.
Sources: askmen.com, time.com
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