So it's only natural that we sometimes have better luck finding romantic interests in the break room than we do in a nearby bar.
When you're exploring a new relationship, the last thing you want to do is ponder how it might end, though that's exactly why we're often advised to keep our work life and personal life separate.
There's an old expression that you shouldn't mix business with pleasure.
But we spend dozens of hours each week at our workplaces -- more time than we have to spend on many recreational activities.
But they happen all the time, and when they do, there are three possible outcomes: The relationship turns sour and your reputation and career take a beating; it ends, but you're both mature and cordial and don't let the breakup affect your work; or A Career Builder survey from February revealed that nearly 40% of employees admitted to having a romantic relationship with a coworker, and one-third of office relationships result in marriage. We got married in October.) It's up to you to figure out whether pursuing an office relationship is worth the possible consequences, good and bad.
The truth is, office romances can be tricky and generally not recommended.
Sarah, a 30-year-old graphic designer, met Matt through a colleague at the imaging tech company where they both worked.
"I didn't really notice him at first because he had a beard, and beards weren't my thing," she says.
You could be at risk for potential sabotage from a heartbroken coworker."Older generations saw work as a separate place," says Renee Cowan, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio who studies office relationships.Employers might be concerned that a worker who is privy to confidential information may inadvertently leak such information to a romantic partner.Even worse, if the relationship ends badly, a rejected partner could retaliate by claiming that she, or he, was sexually harassed and could file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.