By Halima Bakenne
I used to wonder over and over again why most organizations have the “no fraternization among workers” policy, which rules against office romance. I mean, Rihanna did sing about finding love in the strangest places right? As much fun as working in the same environment with your spouse can be, things can go south really fast. Here’s why:
I used to watch this TV series “GLEE” and I remember there was a particular episode where two characters, Teri and Will, who were partners and working together would get home and things would be awkward between them because they’ve got nothing to talk about! This is a very possible scenario. Everything you are supposed to gist your partner at the end of the day is out the window because whatever you want to say is probably not news to the other person; gradually creating a void in communication.
We all know that sometimes people flirt harmlessly in the office. What a lot of us don’t realize however is that what we think is harmless can be interpreted as disrespect by our partners. It is easier to have a faraway thought as to what your other half might be doing at work and with whom, than to actually live it every day. Office romance does not help in this situation.
Imagine that you work with your significant other and there is an unsettled issue hanging between you. It might end up affecting your work performance for that day because the object of your anger/hurt shares the same office space with you. This could also happen to couples working at different places but it’s just harder for those at the same workplace.
When you are in the same environment with your loved one but can’t touch or see them as much as you’d want to does not help you focus at work either.
In case of a rift between you and another co-worker, you automatically expect your spouse to take your side whether or not you’re the guilty party.When they don’t favor you? Another wahala.
In the event of a breakup, it takes a longer period for both parties to heal compared to those couples that don’t have to see each other every blessed day.
Ladies and gentlemen, I’m NOT saying that you shouldn’t embrace love wherever you find it, but the saying “don’t mix business with pleasure” is for a very good reason.
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