Mixing Business with Pleasure

August 22, 2014 | Elle

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A glimpse from across the room...a twinkle in the eye...butterflies in the stomach...those aren't  things that happen just in fairytales and movies, but more often than we may think, happen in the place where we spend most of our days: work. Barack and Michelle Obama have done it, Bill and Melinda Gates have done it and we've all heard the stories of Brad and Angelina's romance.

According to this article in Psychology Today, 40-47% of employees have been involved in an office romance. It would seem only natural when we think of people working long hours together, cramming into the lunchroom or regularly stepping out for early morning coffees. Due to the likelihood of this happening, many companies are now creating policies against mixing business with pleasure. Arguably, when one is at work the goal is to be productive and meet the organization’s needs and not one’s own, but if compatibility is a key driver behind successful relationships then there’s no better place to find someone you already have something in common with, than at work!

Now, if you aren't hit by Cupid's arrow while working the 9-5, there's no need to worry because loving your job can be just as satisfying as loving your significant other! And they tend to use the same skill set:

  • Dedication (the grass tends to bloom where you water it)
  • Hard work (whether it’s a tough assignment or argument, you don’t give up)
  • Confidence (believe you can succeed)
  • Trust (in your significant other and your co-workers)
  • Respect (believing in the company and your significant other)

Refining these five skills can help you go a long way in both your personal and professional life.

If you happen to be curious about other popular ways to meet The One, check out this graph by eHarmony: image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14082220/d7b55ff3-1014-4dbb-8b4a-f01ea10751f8.png

(credit: eHarmony)

And if you’re interested in reading more about office romances or escaping into a novel about one, check out these great titles from the library:

The Office Romance: Playing With Fire Without Getting Burned  Office Mate  Behind Boardroom Doors