According to a 2,373 person survey conducted by Mic in March 2015, 17.9 per cent of people met their current partner through work. Some of you might be thinking that number is quite high, but I can assure you office romances are more common than you might imagine. Despite being in their 50s and 60s respectively, my parents met while working in a bank and have been happily together for over 30 years and I once dated a colleague for over a year – so surely the system works, right?
Well, not always. While lots of couples find love in the workplace, there are countless others who should have followed the old adage of, “don’t dip your pen in the company ink”. I myself am one such person; and if I knew then what I know now, maybe I wouldn’t have been so fast in pursuing that brunette.
In reality, dating someone you work with is a bit of a minefield – especially if you’re the sort of person who prefers a quiet life. Relationships can be a fickle thing at the best of times, but when you throw in nosy colleagues, after work drinks and abrasive management, you’re left with a little bit of a conundrum.