The thrill of romance is undeniable. Sharing moments, dreams, and secrets with that special someone? Magical. Yet, the age-old adage claims, “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” While being inseparable has its charm, what happens when the lines blur, and you see your partner not just at dinner but during board meetings too? We uncover 10 diverse opinions real women have about dating a colleague, as discussed in an online forum.
Dating in the workplace is becoming more common today. It is unthinkable to some, but to others, it makes no difference if their partner works in the next office — or even a shared space. Here, ten women from an online women’s community share their opinions about dating in the workplace.
1. Unprofessional and Inappropriate
It’s a hard no for one woman who calls dating in the workplace unprofessional and inappropriate, even though it is becoming common to see this. It can lead to many complicated scenarios and even favoritism, supposing your partner is in a position of higher authority.
And if things end on a sour note, either partner would not look forward to going to work as they used to.
2. It’s Okay, Depending on the Job
Here, the type of job has a role to play in whether or not workplace dating is acceptable. This woman thinks that if it is a minimum wage job, one does not plan to be in for a long while, one can go ahead with a relationship, as there are few risks. But if it is a significant career, don’t even think about it.
3. Don’t Get Your Honey Where You Make Your Money
There are many other hilarious ways to say this: “Don’t get your meat where you make your bread,” or “Don’t dip your pen in the company ink.”
The bottom line is you should never mix business with pleasure, one side of the internet thinks. There are so many ugly ways it could go wrong.
4. It Shouldn’t Bother You
One person shares an interesting take, saying it doesn’t bother them and shouldn’t bother you. After all, before social media, most people met their partners through work or school and even married them.
Working with someone you hope to share the rest of your life with and have more things in common makes sense.
5. Distance Is Not a Problem
Let’s face it; many relationships break up because of distance. Folks even argue that a long-distance relationship never works out, and even if it does, one or both partners must be cheating.
Working in the same space takes care of the problem of distance. It takes one off the table of the things that might ruin your relationship or weaken the bond with someone you love.
6. Sometimes, It’s the Only Way
Many people have difficulty finding a significant other because they don’t have a social life. Everything revolves around their work; prospective partners should fit into the tight circle.
Dating a colleague or someone in their workplace is the only way for folks who have intense jobs/working hours and spend more time at work than every other place combined.
7. Set Boundaries
One contributor thinks that dating in the workplace should not be such a thing of dread.
Setting boundaries that work for both of you is an effective way of keeping yourselves in check and ensuring that you do not step on each other’s toes since you would be around them most of the time.
8. It’s Okay if Neither of You Supervises the Other
Yes, you’re at work, but it sucks when your partner tries to “boss” over you, no matter how cute Hollywood makes it look.
Suppose you’re confident they will not be breathing down your neck every second or being harder on you than the rest of the staff because they want you to “challenge” yourself. In that case, you can consider a relationship with them.
9. Too Much Overlap
Personally, it’s great having a different circle that does not involve my partner. Another woman shares this sentiment. She doesn’t care if people date in the workplace. However, she would never do it because it “would be too much overlap in her life, and she wouldn’t be into that.”
10. If There’s a Connection, Go For It
Finally, a contributor suggests people be less bothered about where they meet their partners. If you feel a connection with someone, go for it. Finding someone one can connect with is rare, so why throw away your chance because you work in the same environment?
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