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Think you can take a lesson from the lovebirds at Dunder Mifflin? Jim and Pam met there, and their love blossomed. So why can't an office romance work for you, too?
Wednesday, we talked about how "what the heart wants, the heart goes after" and how hard it is to have any control over that. Today, let's dig a little deeper, try a little harder: We're going into the advantages and disadvantages of forbidden love in the copy room.
Finding love in the workplace can be an exciting and exhilarating experience. Just ask Pam and Jim, or Tracy and Hepburn...
But it's not all hearts and flowers. We're at work here, and separating the personal from the professional isn't always easy.
There are ways to make an office relationship work, but there are many things working against you...
Okay, I don't really want to end on that scary note, so here is some real-world advice from someone I work with, who found love and got married to another someone I work with: "When you work with your mate and they vent about work, realize that they're not necessarily asking for your help. Sometimes they just want to vent. That said, at times it can be great to get input from someone who knows you in your real world and your work world. So, do give advice when asked, but don't jump into 'solution mode' by default." Spoken like an expert.
Well, to love—of course! But be careful when you start to get involved with someone you work with. It is possible to make it work, but before you jump in, check out your company's policies regarding this matter; some businesses have specific guidelines about dating coworkers—particularly if one of the lovers is the boss. Chances are you don't want to lose your job over this. But then again, maybe you do. Money/love? Love/money? Each situation is different (just ask Melinda Gates).
Crabby's Find of the Week: There are some famous office romances that have proven the test of time... (From the Independent of London)
Not finding the help you need from the various channels you've tried? Microsoft Answers is where you're most likely to solve your nagging problem.
You missed an obvious advantage; your partner is less likely to have an affair with someone at work if you work there too.
Oh dear, that sounded like the bitter voice of 'personal' experience - please believe me when I say that it isn't!