Office romance is not easy! It comes with its own set of challenges and perks. For some it is the best way to connect and understand each other more closely, but for others it leads to friction and conflicts because the line between personal and professional relation gets blurred. But as rightly said “love knows no bounds”, be it your neighbourhood or party place, your office or a blind date, no one knows the right time when you meet the most awaited person with whom you willingly decide to spend entire life.
In case you meet your perfect soul-mate in the workplace, glide carefully. With a single mistake, it can cost you your whole career. Here are a few tips that will surely help you survive office romance successfully:
1. Don’t date your boss
Dating your boss is like playing with your career. A wise decision would be to stay away from such flings and focus on building a steer clear pathway to climb success ladder. If your co-workers get to know about your romantic engagement, they might use this information against you and get you terminated if your office policies doesn’t allows for the same. In the long run, if the relationship didn’t go well, your boss will sooner or later sack you on the grounds of misconduct or harassment. This sounds a complete lose-lose situation. So don’t think twice, in fact think several times before taking a big leap in the office when suitor is your boss.
2. Take it easy
When you spend couple of hours with your co-workers day in and day out, it becomes quite natural to develop fondness for one of them. The ones who become your stress-buster, share similar opinions, have common interests; appear perfect to spend the rest of life. But this fondness may be love only for you, for them the feelings might not be mutual. Don’t do the mistake of rushing into the love relationship. Take things forward slowly and steadily. You might end up facing rejection merely because you imagined romance at a lightning speed that ended up in a thunderstorm.
3. Don’t discriminate with others
Just because you are in love with one colleague, it doesn’t rules out the importance of other members in the team. Everyone holds equal importance for the organisation. When in office, you are ought to give equal respect and responsibility to each member. Personal relations have a place outside the walls of the office. Try not to grant favours and respect the formal lines of communication at the workplace.
4. Avoid using official E-mails for personal chats
When at work, it is advisable to avoid using official e-mails for personal chats. Organisations monitor the mails used by the employees. As professional code of conduct says, love relationship must not come between official work. Organisations measure the productivity of the employees on various parameters, and professional behaviour is one of the highly visible factors. Deviations in your behaviour get easily traced and e-mail is one of the easiest ways to seek confirmation. So stay safe and do not let anyone get a hint of your personal life.
5. Take pride in the relation
Once you become committed to a person, do not feel guilty or try to hide away from sharing your true information with him/her. There is no harm in feeling attracted to someone if your intellectual level matches with your colleague. You need not give any explanation to anyone. It is your life and you hold the right to take decisions on your own. Be proud of choosing the right partner to spend your whole life with.
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