Dating and lifestyle expert Ms. Cheevious offered E2 this important warning for when the relationship starts heating up: “Having lunch together everyday is about as fun as watching the hourglass on your computer. Time to shut it down baby!” If you can’t stay away from each other for 30 minutes, at least invite some coworkers to join you.
Great job, Dave. Really funny spin on workplace romance. I would only add that, as with your datacenter, you need to have a good Disaster Recovery plan in place in case your office romance goes down in flames. You don't want a romance-gone-wrong to turn your career to ashes in the process.
Great slideshow, @Dave! The Wall Street Journal had an article on a related subject today, and they recommended having employees "docuement" the relationship -- sign a document going in that said the relationship is consensual, defining the process of ending the relationship, requiring documentation of "taking it to the next level" -- all in an attempt to keep the employer from being sued.
This is funny and sad, but at the same time, it also sounds like the smart thing to do. Relationships are already complicated enough as they are. Throw in something like work and that will complicate the heck out of everything by even more.
Disaster recovery for romantic relationships in the workplace should involve some careful planning. Like Susan said, you've already lost your partner. There's no reason to compromise your career in the process.
This may be taking workplace love to an extreme. At one place I worked I inherited a small tech support group of four to manage, 2 men and 2 women. I began noticing that the 2 women and 1 guy were a very close-knit chummy trio. I didn't think much of their relationship since they were all competent in their work. Things seemed to be going fine with my little tech support team so I didn't think much about them.
After a couple of months I began detecting dissension and a snappy attitude among the 3 friends. When I inquired if there were any issues they reported that everything was fine, no problems. However their attitudes continued down an increasingly deeper slope. Unexpected absences, tardiness, and poor performance became habitual. I issued the usual managerial warnings, critiques, and encouragement. Later, one of the women resigned. A bit later, another one bit the dust, eventually the remaining 3rd wheel guy quit.
I was left with the one tech support guy who had not been part of the departeds' clique. I asked him what was going on with the three. His response was, "Didn't you know? They lived together, you know what I mean?" Well, I learned that my three tech support folks had a so-called open relationship. One of the women started seeing a new guy on the outside and that worked as a catalyst to push them down the road of workplace romance perdition.
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