“Relationship is everything.” Workplace relationship is essential, as no man can survive without postering healthy interaction, this help to build trust among team player, lessen work conflict and improve work efficiency.
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Trust me, positive relationships in the workplace contribute to how the working environment is shaped, from a team leader to the team members, fostering this produces and brings out the best in all employees. With time this relationship gradually transcends to office romance or workplace romance. But what do we say about office romance or workplace romance? Is it healthy for employees or not?
Do you think office romance won’t interfere with boss-employee working efficiency? Yes, some company lay out policies that could make employee develop and have professional relationships but this always go south. HR manager knows office relationships do happen – in some cases this relationship works out and may not. While working you put self-interest above company interest? However, in most cases, it causes hazards in the workplace.
“You can spend a tremendous amount of time at work and, if you put people in close proximity, working together, having open, vulnerable conversations, there’s a good chance there will be a romantic relationship. The more familiar you are with a person, the more likely it is that you’ll become attracted to one another.” Say Art Markman a professor of psychology.
Here are the risks of office romance
If you are dating someone at your workplace when making a decision do you put your team first or your lovers’ interest? “Do not shit where you eat.” You become vulnerable and at the mercy of your lover while in office, poor decision making, and favouritism become imminent and your professionalism will be questionable.
If you feel you want to go ahead about having an office relationship.
- Have a good intention about it – love is a beautiful thing we know, if/when you fall in love with a colleague you need to clear yourself of all the emotional gymnastics that comes along with it. What are your motives? Being intentional about your motive of having office romance from the onset can help prune any excess before it happens.
- Make it an open relationship – your colleagues should know about this. Do you think it’s none of their business? Well, I know this can be tough to pull through because you aren’t sure of the direction of your relationship, yes, people differ if you are not comfortable about talking about your relationship, then it’s fine but take the romance out of your workplace and retain the relationship.
Back to the question, should I go on a date with my coworker? The ball is in your court, but make sure there is a mutual understanding with your date and you won’t jeopardize it. Don’t expect too much while at it. if a breakup happens, make sure you can handle it professionally without drama. If you don’t have a good intention don’t start what you can’t finish, or better still set boundaries.