The Plight of the Workplace Romance

Everybody is looking for love, right?
But can we decide where exactly we should be looking or……not looking?

The workplace romance is somewhat taboo, although, it probably happens more often than we think.

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The late night “meetings”, the long glances across the room, or pretending that you are so thirsty (12 times a day, to be exact) just to meet your lover by the water cooler.

Sounds cute?

Perhaps.

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But should work ever be the place to find love?

Many relationships born out of the workplace have been short-lived. Probably doomed, from the very start.

Actor romances are a prime example.

Two young hot birds meet on the set of their romance film. She plays a girl, he plays a vampire. Sounds familiar, eh? There is instant chemistry – an undeniable connection.
Until, sadly, there is not.

As fast as it begins……well, you know how the rest of the story goes.

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That’s not to say, however, that there aren’t exceptions.

Re: Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
Movie: Swing Shift in 1983
And they continue to live happily ever after.

But this is a rare occurrence!

Many workplaces have a strict no-fraternization policy. Companies that hold this policy near and dear to the heart, believe that it can help to discourage gossip, drama, and any other negative sentiments that may distract from the real reason everyone is there to begin with – WORK.

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Workplace romances are distracting not only for the couple, but for everyone else who needs the tea……….and the shade on which direction the relationship is headed.

Do you think they will get married?
Did you hear about the big fight they had this weekend?
If he does not propose, she is going to leave him. She totally told me that.
They are such a cute couple.
Ugh, they annoy me!
I mean, it’s been three years already. Maybe he is not ready.
Maybe he’s just not that into her now.
Well, I heard her personality in the boudoir is stiffer than a pair of old socks.

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And it keeps going, and going, and going, and on, and on, and on.
This is the very thing that some employers foresee becoming a problem, when they implement the no-frat policy to begin with.

On the other hand, there are the more liberal employers that are unbothered by the occasional affaire de coeur.

These companies do not mind their employees finding love that leads to marriage then a baby in a baby carriage.

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That is, unless you’re like me, and despise every single person you work with.

Just kidding!

I do not doubt that they are success stories encompassing the workplace romance, but I am still convinced that drama, gossip, and distraction could ensue, making for an unpleasant and unprofessional environment.

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For now, I am sticking to my guns on this one – work and romance just should not mix.

But I won’t rule it out! Never can say never, right?

After all, if you can’t choose who you love, I suppose, you can’t choose where you love who you love either.

Jim & Pam, The Office Hey, you never know!
Jim & Pam’s “Office” romance 
Hey, you never know!
What are your thoughts on workplace romances? Good for relationship? Bad for productivity?

-The Reporter

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