Why is it so easy to fall in love at work? For starters, while working alongside someone every day, you get to know the person well. You see how they solve problems, handle pressure and share praise, all of which give you insight into their personalities. Often, love grows without either of you really being aware of it. Relationships built from this level of reality are often lasting ones because you get to know one another before professing romantic interest. On the flip side, if the relationship doesn’t work out, you can’t just walk away. No matter how badly things end, you have to maintain a professional relationship with your ex. Failing to do so could cost you a promotion or even your job, in some cases.
Many organisations have implemented a strict dating policy for workers because of the impact it can have on long-term productivity. Apart from a drop in workplace morale, employees are vulnerable to sexual harassment suits. But banning office romances isn’t a realistic solution. After all, as Forbes expert Lucy Kellaway puts it, “Love at work is absolutely unavoidable… so long as you hole people up together for long hours they will fall for each other.”
Which is why it’s important for employees to follow clear-cut rules on workplace love instead of forbidding it.
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