It is more and more common, as well as your boss might be fine with even it. But that doesn’t mean an office romance is simple.
Sarah, a 30-year-old designer that is graphic met Matt through a colleague during the imaging tech company where they both worked. “I didn’t really notice him at first she says because he had a beard, and beards weren’t my thing. But they exchanged a few texts, then graduated to lunches that are friendly. Eventually Matt asked Sarah on a date, plus they talked for so long that the sushi restaurant needed to kick them out. “We took things slowly because we had been both very aware that we worked in the same office,” she remembers. However the caution was worth it: 5 years from then on first date, he proposed.
About ten years ago their romance would expressly have been forbidden. (You understand the old saying about not, um, making a mess in which you eat.) But as more Americans postpone marriage until their careers are establishedâ€”and as hours get longer, with smartphones blurring work and playâ€”it is practical that attitudes are changing. “Older generations saw act as a separate place,” says Renee Cowan, Ph.D., an assistant professor during the University of Texas at San Antonio who studies office relationships. “Nowadays work and life have become integrated.” In that light, these stats aren’t surprising: 37 percent of men and women have dated a coworker, based on a 2015 survey by CareerBuilder, and 30 percent of these relationships ended in marriage (proving that an office romance just isn’t always a disaster).