How to make an office romance work

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Office romance is always discouraged because it can complicate your work relationships. But what if you find ‘the one’ at work? Here are some helpful tips to make a success of an office romance.

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To disclose or not?

Decide on whether you want to reveal the news to your colleagues or if you’ll keep it to yourselves. This will reduce unneccesary drama when you start hearing whispers about you in the corridors.

Plan your moves

Your work relationship should not be compromised regardless of your relationship status. If it’s a superior and subordinate set-up, determine ways of communicating and handling conflict. You can’t be seen slacking just because the boss happens to be your man.

Out of office relationship

You might have met in the office but what will determine the success of your relationship is how you behave when you’re outside the office, doing what normal couples do. If there isn’t any spark outside the office then know that you’re not in love – you just like the idea of receiving attention from the opposite sex in the office.

Be your own person

Now that you’ve found a new man, don’t lose focus; continue with your tasks. If there’s a position you’ve been gunning for, apply for it and upscale yourself the same way you would have done if you hadn’t started dating. If lunch time means catching up with your colleagues then continue doing so, and let him do the same as well. Your time together should be after hours.

Tell the truth

If it happens that you and your partner get busted by your colleagues, rather than denying it, tell the truth because chances are they already know the truth; lying will just make things very awkward between the two of you.

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