This could lead to jealousy among co-workers who may view this behavior as “slacking off”.Romance in the Workplace – The Ugly Aside from creating a tense office environment, having an office romance can also lead to potential legal consequences.People inherently understand and are attracted to others who “understand” that part of their life.”Another draw of getting involved with a co-worker is the excitement coupled with the “safety” of dating somebody you’ve already gotten to know.Gregg Ward, Workplace Consultant puts it this way: “There are a lot of “creeps” (both men and women) out there in the world; dating and falling for someone you work with is a lot easier/safer than trying to meet someone in clubs, bars, etc.If you and the person you’re dating believe this is something lasting, it’s best to disclose the relationship with a supervisor or management above both your positions for a fair analysis of the situation. Dimoff, CPP explains how some companies are taking office romance policies a step further, “Many companies today are creating “Love Contracts” for people that are dating each other from the same company.
Practically speaking, two people in an office romance can also be a force for good; sharing notes/ideas and collaborating well together.”Romance in the Workplace – The Bad There are also a lot of “cons” to dating your co-worker.
The closeness and intimacy of a romantic relationship and the subsequent loss of this relationship could trigger a sudden and violent response.
The Supervisor/Subordinate Relationship – Double Trouble? The supervisor/subordinate relationship is one of the trickiest office romances to navigate since there are so many potential pitfalls. Think of it this way: If your supervisor has ten other employees under him but he’s dating you, your coworkers are going to start treating you differently.
Soon the rumor mill gets started and it’s everybody’s business.
Now your love life is the subject of gossip around the water cooler and all eyes are on you and the person you’re dating.