There is nothing wrong with having a romantic relationship with a coworker per se as long as it doesn’t affect your and your lover’s performance at work and does not create problems with your dealings with other coworkers.
A blooming romance may even be good for some as it makes them inspired and look forward to a day at work. Trouble starts when tasks are left undone to spend more time with a loved one. And in case a relationship didn’t work, the awkwardness between ex-lovers can permeate throughout the workplace and affect even the other employees.
Getting involved with a coworker is like walking on thin ice. If you are not careful, you can get heartbroken and lose your job in the process. Here are some tips on how to deal with office romance without it costing you your job.
Before getting involved with a coworker, check you company’s policies regarding such kinds of relationship. Companies differ on how they deal with romantic interactions in the office and some even prohibit them. If it’s not allowed in your workplace, which are you willing to give up, your job or the relationship?
Remain professional and keep proper business decorum at work. This means that you should not let a romantic relationship affect the quality and efficiency of your work. If other coworkers notice that your relationship is affecting work, one or both of you may be asked to end your romance or, worse, find another job.
Are you ready to be the talk of the workplace? Whether you like it or not, office romance are the main dish during water station conversations. And rumor mongers will have a field day talking about you especially if your lover is the boss or the new hire! If you can’t take the drama, avoid dating any coworker at all.
If you are a in an office relationship, make sure to leave public displays of affection away from the workplace. Maintain proper distance and save the romantic acts for locations other than the office. Do the same with personal fights and arguments. The rest of the office don’t need to know what you guys are going through.
Not all relationships turn out fine. Some fail and it is all the more difficult when an office romance do not work out. Can you work with a person who broke your heart? You have to be ready for such scenarios at the very beginning of your relationship. Talk with your lover and agree on how you will handle a potential break up. Remember, messy break up can cost you your job!