Schools, colleges, clubs, parks, or online. The search for a lifelong partner can end anywhere. Even when you are at the workplace, the sparks can light up. Especially when you are in close proximity to people most of the day. When you work together, socialize after hours and share many common aspirations and challenges, coworkers can fall in love. It may be magical for the couple on most days, making work easier and feel like home. However, on some days it may create issues at work, leading to loss of productivity, or worse, loss of a job.
While the romance and intermingling of people cannot be stopped, it is important to properly manage workplace romance so that the couple does not face any adverse consequences.
Everything has its pros and cons. It depends on you how you will take this. It will create positivity wherever you work, one would like to go to the office every day to see or meet their partner. They can feel the romantic environment around them. Some researches proved that the employees linked with each other perform better than earlier. It can also greatly affect the productivity of the workplace. There are some points that you need to keep in mind during workplace romancing so that your career is not affected. Let’s get to it.
Check Company Policies
Before taking any step, be sure to check the company HR policy in this regard. It is possible that they not directly forbid it, but can have some directions or guidelines on how it should be managed. Both the partners should go through the policies for their position, in case it is a senior-junior or inter-departmental relationship.
Maintain Decency and professionalism
Maintaining decorum and professionalism in the workplace is important. Even if you are communicating with your partner, there is a line you shouldn’t cross. Don’t let your workplace romance affect your efficiency and quality of your work. Keep a distance from your partner at the office so that other colleagues don’t get uncomfortable. Behave professionally at your workplace, and be focused. And if you feel that your workplace romance affects your work, either end the relationship or one of the partners should change the job.
Resolve the issues after-hours
Fights or arguments are a common thing that happens between couples. But don’t resolve it at your workplace. Fights can get ugly and involve a lot of personal details. The emotions, feelings and passion are at the brink,
which can burst out any time. So make sure to only talk about contentious issues outside the workplace.
Put aside your romance and public displays of affection at work
Romancing at the office should be limited. Public display of affection at work can make others uncomfortable. You should have to avoid physical touch or contact at the office, and if possible, keep a distance.
Set your boundaries
Maintaining a healthy work and good workplace relationship is not an easy task. It is important to set your boundaries. Leave your work at the office when you are together, and focus on the work and give priority to your work when you are at the office. Don’t bring workplace issues at home and vice-versa.
Many issues may arise when you break-up. Things may get awkward when you face each other later on. So it’s better if you take all the things into consideration before getting into a relationship.