We all know the age old saying "don't mix business with pleasure" but since the average American spends about 1800 hours at work each year it doesn’t come as a surprise that office romances are at an all time high.

Surveys show that 58% of employees say they have been involved in an office romance. Only 19% were completely open about their relationships while 22.5% only told close friends. 43% of employees say they are currently aware of an office romance happening between two co-workers.

Not only do we go to work to earn a living and to take care of our homes and families, but we also go to enjoy the social-aspects of relating with people. We develop close and casual friendships with work colleagues that sometimes turn into more... Recent statistics show that the workplace has become the #1 place where married people engaging in infidelity have met the other person.

Office affairs can create problems for us both at work and home, often impacting career prospects and leading to relationship, marriage breakup and divorce!

Although some people don't see it as a big deal, others look at it as career suicide. What is your opinion about workplace affairs?

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Comment by PhoenixHarcum on November 28, 2008 at 4:26pm
Business and Pleasure should never be mixed not only do you have to worry about the other person running their mouth and it gettting out. That would bother a private person like me, But if it don't work out you have to worry about the drama at work and it affecting your work. So to avoid all of that I just don't advise it. I've done it once and I'll never do it again.
Comment by Angela Lowe on November 28, 2008 at 3:33pm
Been there done that!! Gotta knowwhatcha' getting into.
Comment by Mozella on November 28, 2008 at 6:01am
I was in therapy for almost 4 years due to a work place affair. We kept it hid sue to the fact I was his supervisor, but it didn't start out like that he worked days I worked nights and they just happen to put us together. To make a long story short, people was telling me he was fooling around with another lady on another shift but my blind eyes and foolish heart could not or should I say would not believe it, well they are living together and have a baby, something I could not give him but I guess things work out for their reasons.
Comment by huey p on November 28, 2008 at 4:00am
Man I was stupid enough once to talk to a coworker.Just happen to be my supervisor.Never again I tell you,never again.People please think about what your doing before you date someone in the office.
Treat it like crack and just say no!!!
Comment by Necca on November 28, 2008 at 2:48am
I've known several successful relationships to form from the workplace. I met my husband at work, BUT he was no longer employed with the company when we had our first date.

I've also witnessed workplace relationships that posed an unsafe work environment... One young man was dating several women within the company simultaneously... even giving a few of them Herpes! There was drama, still drama!

A lot of people lose their jobs over a few minuet fling... It's not worth it!
Comment by Nicety_One on November 28, 2008 at 1:30am
Bad idea - but Very Very Tempting !!
Comment by Claire on November 28, 2008 at 1:09am
I have seen too many of them fail to get into an office affair. I always live by the rule - don't mix business with pleasure. I worked at an office where the guy had two women in the same company. One in the branch downstairs adn the other in the back office, which is upstairs. This is crazy but they allowed it to happen. What if it doesn't work out? Are you willing to work in the same space with that individual, knwing what you had shared. I could not do it ,so I don't start any drama that I know I can't handle. Also, no amtter how I love a man, I don't want to see him 24/7.
Comment by Vonna on November 28, 2008 at 12:29am
Office romances are just not a good idea. I did it once and it just got out of control. We were trying to keep it on the low and once one person got wind of it, the whole office knew. Ultimately, feelings got hurt and it became painful to have to see him everyday. It's just not worth it.
Comment by Shawnya on November 27, 2008 at 11:15pm
I would have to say,that I don't think falling for someone at work is a good idea. Like several people said earlier,once the relationship is over and someone becomes bitter......then what? It's not worth it.Why put yourself through such hell? You enjoy the ride,until the ride gets too rough or come to an end. Who wants to feel trapped at work? Sometimes,people get too caught up and try to spill everything once things don't play out as they thought it would. No Thanks.I am a very happily married woman. Look but don't touch people!!
Comment by elivatedmind on November 27, 2008 at 10:19pm
I have to agree with clarice.. when you see someone all during the day what is there to talk about when you get home? But there are many companies/corporations that have husband and wife working there. My mom and dad meet at the job and have been married for 32 years... I guess its like my grandma used to say: "You can't compare your situation to anothers, because god doesnt have you on the same path..."


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