Over the past ten or so years, many offices have become accepting of office romances and no longer have restrictions on co-workers becoming romantically involved. Much of this stems from the fact that people are typically getting married at an older age and, as such, there are more singles in the work place than in years past.
In fact, studies have found that there are 20% more singles in the workforce today compared to the numbers ten years ago. Because of this, it is increasingly common for singles to meet their future spouse at the office.
Before engaging in an office romance, however, there are several things you will want to consider. The tips provided below will hopefully help you make an informed decision if you are considering an office relationship.
Know the Rules of Your Office
While many companies have relaxed their stance on dating in the workplace, there are still a great number of offices that have official policies prohibiting inter-office relationships. If you are working in a company with a “no dating in the workplace” policy, you can legally be terminated if you are found to be dating a co-worker.
Consider the Consequences
Even if your company allows inter-office dating, there are still repercussions that can come with an office relationship. First, should things go wrong and the relationship ends, you will have to see your ex on a regular basis and perhaps have to work with him or her directly, which can be very uncomfortable.
Additionally, offices are prone to gossip, and so your relationship may become a popular conversation topic among your co-workers. If you prefer to keep your romantic life discreet, an office relationship may not be for you.
If you adhere to your company’s dating policies, you should not face any legal or employment repercussions for engaging in an office romance. If you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated because of your dating status, contact the Austin employment attorneys of The Melton Law Firm today at (512) 330-0017.