There is no doubt that modern work environments are far more demanding than what they used to be back in the days. Most employees have specific targets to achieve that keep them stressed most of time. In such conditions, it’s hard to think that anyone could have time for a relationship with another co-worker. However, employees are human beings, and matters of the heart can be hard to keep under the shrub. Therefore, if you are having thoughts about venturing into an emotional adventure with one of your colleagues, it might be better to weigh in the pros and cons before.
First, let’s take a look at the good side. What are the advantages of being in a romantic relationship at work with one of your co-workers? Some of those advantages can include:
Inspire Creativity and Innovation
Two co-workers who spend more time together both in and out of work will also discuss work related tasks and can brainstorm new and innovative methods about how to solve their professional responsibilities.
Improve Workplace Morale
Two people being in a positive relationship with one another at work can also inspire people around them. It can make others feel positive about the pair that can create an uplifting emotional environment at work.
Increased Work Satisfaction
When two people are in love while being colleagues, their overall attitude towards the tasks that needs to be complete can also improve, resulting in an increased work satisfaction in the long run.
Reduced Personality Conflicts
Romantic relationships among colleagues can allow the two individuals involved to be more open and willing to cooperate with one another, reducing any personality differences they may have due to their openness to each other.
A relationship between two co-workers can further improve communication, especially if the two are from different departments. This can soften any conflicts between subdivisions, resulting in teamwork that is more productive to the organisation.
Nevertheless, being in a relationship at work is not always a bed of roses. It may also cause long-term complications, to you, to your partner and to the company as a whole. Some of those disadvantages can include:
Obscuring Professional Relationships
If a workplace relationship ends up in a breakup, it might not only eliminate their romantic relationship but can also destroy any personal or professional connection they had, making work an unpleasant experience.
Jeopardise Career Expansions
Being in a romantic relationship with another co-worker can be viewed as being unprofessional by the top management of the company. This can have a negative effect on potential career advancements in the future.
Confusion among Co-Workers
Typically, other co-workers can easily spot whether two colleagues are in a relationship or not. However, they can also get confused on how to react to the new couple on a professional level.
Decline in Work Performance
The two individuals, who are in a romantic relationship with each other at work, can also get distracted. This can lead to a performance deterioration, which can be easily noticed by others.
Conflict of Interest at Work
Conflict of interests can happen if the couple works in two different departments or are at two different hierarchical level within the same organisation that can lead to accusations.
Therefore, after carefully considering both the good and the bad about venturing into a relationship with a co-worker, you should take a long good look at yourself in the mirror and answer these questions:
1. Do you already have an emotional attachment with another person? In other words, are you already married or in an open relationship with another partner?
2. Is your co-worker (your romantic interest), already married or in a relationship with another person?
3. What are your and your colleague’s designations within the company? Are you two on the same level in the corporate hierarchy or are you on different levels?
4. If you start dating your colleague outside of work hours, is there a possibility of you being accused of professional favouritism towards them?
5. How much do you value this person as a friend, a colleague or as an employee?
6. Can that existing connection be compromised, due to your romantic interest?
7. Will there be a possibility of you two breaking up after a while?
8. If you breakup, then can a situation like that affect your professional relationship?
9. How do you think other co-workers will react to your relationship?
10. Most importantly, what do you expect the company’s top management might think of a romantic relationship between the two of you?
If you think your answers to these questions are satisfactory to the best of your consciousness, then do feel free to take the dive. However, if you’re not sure or not being honest to yourself, then remember, your professional integrity might not be the only thing that’s at stake in the long term.
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