Having feelings for an attractive colleague, boss or intern is one thing; turning them into a successful relationship is another. According to a study commissioned by the global job site Monster, 30% of couples are formed in the workplace.
The corporate world is an ideal dating site
Work isn’t like home: You’re forced to dress properly and play by certain rules. Seduction is part of the game right from the hiring interview, explains Loïck Roche, Ph.D. in Psychology and author of Cupidon au travail (Cupid at work). It also helps that you’re working with people who have similar interests…
Couples who work together no doubt have an extra motivation to resume their job with a smile on their face each and every morning, especially when work conditions are tough or rather boring. This type of relationship can make an employee feel alive, important and desired, some psychologists suggest.
Companies are even set to benefit in terms of innovation since the creative drive is never too far from the sex drive, Roche writes.
Work is great for meeting people, but don’t plan a wedding
In 90% of cases, the aforementioned study also points out, office romance comes down to just a fling and goes nowhere.
Things can get complicated, say, when one partner has to give orders to the other, becomes their superior or is the only one to get a promotion. Furthermore, when the relationship begins or exists under a certain veil of secrecy, there can be trust issues, misunderstandings and some ambiguity or awkwardness within the team. So, is it best to tell your colleagues? Your boss? One thing’s for sure, you must know about company policies as some employers frown on love relationships in the workplace or totally forbid them.
There’s also the matter of your personal and professional lives becoming one, what with late meetings, business dinners, conventions, etc. So much proximity can dull the intimacy and break down vital barriers. One partner has enough and decides to terminate the relationship and/or leave the company altogether.
Think about it: Who would want to work face to face with their ex?