Why Office Relationships Never Work Out

Why Office Relationships Never Work Out

Having a relationship with one of your co-workers sounds like a good idea on paper, but it almost never turns out right. At first, everything is going great. You’re in love, you get to see each other on a daily basis, and you get to hang out at lunch time. What’s not the love about that? It sounds like a dream come true!

But these things always get ugly, and you rarely hear about a relationship turning out well. There’s an old saying “don’t shit where you eat,” and that could perfectly sum up this situation.

Here’s why they never turn out well:

#1 – Business Meetings and Such Get Awkward

Unless you’re both on equal playing fields, one of you is going to have to give the other one orders. This never plays out well, because since you’re so close now, it’s hard to receive orders from the other and take them seriously.

This could negatively affect your ability to succeed with your company, and it’s all because your relationship with a co-worker is getting in the way.

And any other business-related venture could get in your way, too. It just makes life more stressful.

#2 – If You Break Up, Things Will Suck

This is especially true if you’re in a small office. When you break up, everyone and their mothers will find out about it, and then everything will be awkward between you and your other co-workers.

And since you’re in a small office, you’re going to run into her sometimes several times per day. When you think about your future with this company and her, you’re going to have to go over your break-up every time you pass her for sometimes up to 5-10 years, or even longer.


#3 – It Could Get You Fired

When you’re having a fling with a member of your staff, word of it will most likely spread. It’s hard to keep that kind of thing a secret, especially when you’re dating. You’re bound to get caught being too flirty or giving the other one a simple kiss.

Employers don’t really enjoy these types of things, and it’s mainly because they think you’ll be way too distracted to get your work done properly, and this could get you fired eventually.


In the end, it’s best to keep your relationship outside of the workplace. There are plenty of fish in the sea, so there’s no reason to kill your work life over something like this.

The only way this could work is if you’re working for a big company and work in opposite sides of the building. Even then, it’s risky busiess.

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