Yay or nay?
Never Ever dip your pen in the company ink! Don't get your honey where you make your money! Never fish off the company pier!
These are just some of the suggestions sent into the Early Breakfast this morning when we talked about office romances. We also had some lovely stories… and some horror shows. Office romances: yay or nay?
- “I met my current SO at the office. We kept our romance secret to the point that we still have to lie to people about our anniversary and she has had a new job for 2 years!”
- “There are far too many successful long-term ones in my office for me to say they can't work or are a terrible idea Paula but I would hate to work with someone I was going out with. I separate all work and personal life completely. I never meet up with colleagues or accept their friend requests on Facebook. No thanks!”
- “Dating at work skews the balance of things for everyone. If they break up and someone can't handle it, there's going to be drama and gossip. Will nepotism be introduced? Can I trust my office mate not to throw me or our team under the bus to their partner/spouse/boss? How can I trust the boss' decision-making abilities?”
Been married to my ‘office romance’ for 23 years so I would say yay! #EarlyBreakfast
— Delavie (@delavie) November 7, 2019
- “I think it’s extremely risky and not worth it if you’re in a career that you care about. I know someone who was misreading signals and end up reported to HR for inappropriate behaviour for asking out a colleague Paula. Awks!”
- “Have seen quite a few work romances end up in marriage. Hoping my turn is next to be honest, Paula!”
- “I had this colleague who dated this girl and they were all over each other all the time. Then they broke up. Work was miserable for everyone for a few weeks (til he started going out with someone else and she left). BAD IDEA!”
No no no ... family member had a fling with co worker. On the rebound she rushed into relationship, moved him in, then marriage had a child and separated all within 3 years causing fall out in the job for all co workers not to mention all the I told you so’s from family
— Jason Hyland.. (@iJasonHyland) November 7, 2019
- “My cousin worked at a bank and met this girl at a meeting and today they're married so I guess he'd be on the “yay” side!”
- “I don't know about any romance, but my boss and a woman from another area flirt all the time and both are married and have kids. It's really awkward for me because they’re so open about flirting.”
I met Mrs Billy in work 22 years ago.
She seduced me with a Gateaux Black Forest Swiss Roll.
Married for over 17 years & 2 wonderful kids.
— Fin (@TheHillBilly) November 7, 2019
- "I had not long started my job when I started hitting it off with a female co-worker. We started going out and, as these things do, word spread around the office. Little did I know that she had also dated my desk neighbour...for 2 years! Things got a little awkward after that"
- “Morning Paula. I was friend with a colleague for 8 years before we realised we liked each other. Together 4 years now and got married in Sept. Many friends also married their colleagues too!” - Tom
I work from home. Alone, so I think it would be weird
— Paudie fahey (@sigmatool1) November 7, 2019
- “Paula I met my husband through work. Without saying what we do, we said we would keep it secret from our co-workers and we managed for almost a year. Or so we thought. We had to tell them as we were heading off on a cruise together and they all burst out laughing, they had known for almost the entire time we were together!”
- “Hi Paula, met my now husband in work 10 years ago. We're together for 9, married for 2 and now I'm cuddling our 6month old baby!”
- “I met my wife in work. 44 years later we are together. 40 years married”