Debate:Would you date a co-worker?

Office romance is simply unethical The fact  that  there are  buckets of time to flirt, exchange sweet covert emails, smiles, sexual glances and  playful jokes makes office romance  undeniably sweet.
Ivan Ngoboka
Ivan Ngoboka

Office romance is simply unethical

The fact  that  there are  buckets of time to flirt, exchange sweet covert emails, smiles, sexual glances and  playful jokes makes office romance  undeniably sweet.

However, just like all sweet things, office romance has its share of cons. Taking you back a little, one morning last September, the U.S public woke up to the news of  the  sudden resignation  of  C.I.A chief, David Petraeus, after  it was  allegedly discovered that  a budding  affair was going on between him and  his autobiographer, Paula Broadwell.    

Okay, some folks may  dismiss that as  an isolated case, so allow me to give a more memorable scenario in 1998 when US  President  Bill Clinton  was impeached  after  allegations that he was having an “improper relationship” with Monica Lewinsky, a white house intern. His reputation was not only soiled, but his family went through unimaginable shame and trauma too.  

Back to our local scene, why would one work mate get attracted to another? They are not any different from that kid in the neighborhood you grew up with; watching you being showered, smacked or scolded.

It’s important to note that an individual involved in a budding office romance will gradually get alienated from colleagues and realise that the more time they spend with their significant other in the office, the more they push their colleagues away.

Dating a co-worker destroys ones chance of  earning a promotion. For example, if your boss discovers that you’re more preoccupied with a clandestine relationship than with your real  job, you may find yourself writing those cute little love notes on a pink slip.

Hypothetically, if you became involved with someone in your department, then, and  after some time, receive a promotion, your new “love” will become your subordinate. Have you ever imagined how distasteful it would be if you were tasked with conducting a review or disciplinary act on them?

In most cases, the two of you won’t have real intimate time together. For example, if the two of you are thrown on a morning to sunset exhausting work schedule every day, under the strict supervision of  the boss, by the time the task is done, neither of you can barely keep their eyes open.

In conclusion, unless you honestly believe that you can juggle your career and a relationship with one hand, you might want to do yourself a favour and keep your business and personal life separate.

 

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