There is a lot of controversy and conflicting statistical data surrounding office romances. While some well-respected relationship experts think that the office is the best place to find love, others think that dating a co-worker can end up being the proverbial nail in the coffin that ends up ruining your career.
While there may be some benefits and conveniences of falling in love with your cubicle mate, there are far more disadvantages to dating someone you work with all day. Here are some of the pivotal reasons why you should never get involved with someone from your office. Also, click here for some idea on how romance should actually be done.
1. Office Romance Is Unprofessional
According to this article in Forbes Magazine, office romances are both unprofessional and also very boring. Even if you are not actively engaging in PDA around the office, entering into a relationship with someone you work with makes others around you act differently.
Your co-workers may gossip or speculate about your private life, they may ask invasive questions or they may ostracize you or begin to treat you with disdain. Additionally, if your work is boring, entering into a relationship with someone you work with inevitably means that you will spend many non-paid hours discussing office politics with your partner.
2. Office Love Is Distracting
This article, sums up how distracting it can be to enter into a relationship with someone at work. When your love is new, your work performance may be negatively impacted.
Instead of inputting data, you could spend company time daydreaming about the future you may have with your new love interest. Over time, if you have a spat or argument with your co-worker, that hostility and negativity may carry over into your work environment and impact your job performance.
3. If It All Comes Crashing Down
On the chance that you and your new flame do not work out, you still have to work with each other. Even if it ends mutually and amicably, you will still be dealing with the uncomfortable aftermath, enduring the invasive speculation and questions from your office mates and learning how to transition back to seeing your former flame as just another person at the office.
If it does not end amicably, you could be dealing with HR and harassment claims. You could even end up losing your job.
4. It Is Harder To End Things
Some people tolerate unsavory behaviors much more in relationships involving a co-worker. When your career is on the line, you may inadvertently make excuses for or tolerate unacceptable behaviors in a partner if you work together.
5. Your Boss May Expect More From You
In many cases, your boss may begin to view you and your partner as a team rather than as a single entity. As such, he or she may begin to place more responsibility in your lap or have higher expectations pertinent to your completed projects and overall work ethic.
Even though the odds may be stacked against you, entering into a relationship with a co-worker may be inevitable. You cannot put a stop to love.