So there’s this person at work that you like more than a coworker – and more than just a friend. They make you smile, they understand you, and, were it not for your current work situation, you would have totally asked them out by now! So, are work relationships all that bad? We are here to share arguments about why you should – or shouldn’t – start one.
Pros of Starting a Work Romance
You See Them Every Day
You don’t have to date over the phone or wait until the weekend to see your partner because you can see them every day!
You Are Excited to Go to Work
You have something to look forward to each day. As a result, you are motivated, have new inspiration, and bring optimism to the workplace.
You Understand Your Partner’s Work Frustrations
Because you work at the same place, you can relate to one another’s work frustrations. You know how they are feeling because you are experiencing it yourself.
You Have Someone to Talk To
You have someone you can talk to and spend your lunch with. You also feel more relaxed and comfortable knowing that your partner is there if something happens.
Cons of Starting a Work Romance
You See Them Every Day
Yes, this is a con, too! Being around each other too much can inevitably lead to some conflict. Your colleagues may be able to feel the tension, making things uncomfortable for all involved.
Your Attention Is Compromised
Unfortunately, a workplace romance can be distracting. You are excited to go to work…But are you getting any work done? Or have you been too busy chatting with your partner? No matter how strong your feelings are, you shouldn’t start a work romance if you fear it will interfere with your day-to-day work responsibilities.
Your Colleagues Might Question Your Integrity
You may think you are living your best life, but your relationship could cause your colleagues to question your work and integrity. There is also a chance that it may hurt your reputation. You don’t want to be known as the person who dated so-and-so for the rest of your time there.
It Could Be Against Company Policy
Before engaging in a workplace romance, it’s important to understand your company’s policies regarding them. For example, in some cases, companies have a zero-tolerance policy for coworkers fraternizing outside of the office.
It Can Get Super Weird If You Break Up
It could be uncomfortable or even painful to see a person every day after your break up, causing further distractions or other problems at your job.
We gave you the arguments, but ultimately, the choice is yours to make. Of course, you should never engage in any type of work relationship if you feel pressured into it because of someone’s position of authority or if you’re pursuing the relationship because you think it will benefit your career.
What are your thoughts about workplace romances? Let us know in the comments below!