Office Romance: Pitfalls, Problems and Warnings
There is no age group immune to the potential of an office romance. There is also no way of telling how one will turn out and the impact it could have on you and your career. If it happens to you and you are in those early stages of discovery, it’s also somewhat impossible to keep your head about you to realize the can of worms you may be opening up. Workers get into these relationships every day and everyday people get fired, sued and derailed by what seemed so right.
Office romances can spark easily because of the proximity, frequency, and availability of like-minded people. You have many things in common with your co-workers, and when you add the sexual attraction that comes with it – POW! This also falls into the category of things your mother never told you. People don’t talk about this issue all that much, so you may not realize what the issue is.
Granted there are places, like law enforcement, where “fraternization” is encouraged. These are the exception, because those jobs demand employees’ time and commitment at a level most people outside of that community don’t understand. I’m not addressing those work environments.
The situations I am addressing are quite common and here are some serious things to consider:
You have to also consider the favoritism reaction. The peers will start grumbling amongst each other, and it will eventually work its way up the food chain. When it arrives at the higher up’s office, most likely there will be demands of fairness, missed opportunities and a whole list of issues. While none of this is likely to be valid, the perception is the reality for others and that will weigh heavily on many people’s minds. Your judgment is now questioned. Not good.
It’s understandable how an office romance can develop. However, there are so many compelling, career- changing reasons to avoid them that I hope this serves as an early warning to stop and take a breather before going further.
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