4 reasons to steer clear of romance in the workplace
BlackDoctor.org | 4/8/2017, 12:37 p.m.
As innocent and convenient as it may seem to let a little flirtation with a co-worker turn into something a bit more, you might find it’s not worth the headache. I mean, most people spend the majority of their lives at work. The people you at your job can often see your more than your family. Romantic relationships in the workplace aren’t farfetched, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t messy.
The following might be reasons you need to consider before you partake in that “lunch date.”
1. Who Are They Really?
Have you ever spent time with this person outside of work? If not, it’s hard to really know who you are getting to know. Most people spend the majority of their time in the office figuring out who they want their work persona to be. Corporate culture practically encourages the fake personality you learn to have every day when you walk into the office. So how are you to know if you TRULY like this person, or if you just are crushing on the person at work? #Workbae might just be that someone you like only at work.
If you work on the same team or in the same division of the company, it could be a conflict of interest especially if you are in management. People on your team might feel that you show the person you like more favoritism simply because of the relationship you two share. No longer will your agreements with their opinions or ideas be simply that; most people will assume it’s a biased perspective.
3. The Break
If you guys don’t work out and have to still see each other every day how will that go over? What if the breakup is awful?Perfect recipe for awkwardness. Breaking up is already a hard thing to deal with. Add still managing to wake up and go to work with a smile on your face every day. Imagine having to do this while being anxious you will run into your ex in the breakroom….not fun!
Now there is always a topic of discussion going around the office and it’s never fun for it to be about you. Dating in the office can stir up quite the discussion and could put a damper on your career goals if the wrong ear catches wind of your relationship. It’s best to keep your personal life personal while at work and dating someone in the office can make this rather difficult.