Office Romance is a side-effect of office life. It is common for colleagues to find something which they can share during their working hours. Even if it’s complaining about their lousy boss, some of these relationships are doomed to last.
Office Romance and the Work Zoom Meetings
The measures placed to control the spread of the virus, lockdown, have made the forming of new romance a little tricky. Instead, online dating has thrived in the pandemic. People who have met their soulmate via a working zoom meeting are negligible. Even if it is you shooting the shot, would you flirt while all your office workmates are observing your facial expression? Leave alone that. The big question is, how private are these companies videoconferencing software’s private-chat function?
The decline of Office Romance
Office romance was in decline before the pandemic. According to a study conducted by Standard University, 19% of heterosexual met their partners at work in 1995. This number had fallen to 11% in 2017. It might be even lower at the moment. As white-collar employees spend more time at home and fewer at the office- which might extend even after the pandemic- opportunities for workplace romance connection will diminish.
The Tough Companies Policies
Companies have realized that work relationship lead to all kinds of ethical questions. This is one factor that has led to the decrease. The oldest clichés are the idea that a doctor is marrying a nurse and a boss dating his secretary. Sadly enough, the bromide is so well established that nurses and sectaries have spent enough time keeping off the unwanted attention of their bosses. The #MeToo movement shows that men use their position of power to harass women who work for them.
A concordant relationship can be problematic, as well. Once the manager is in a relationship with the subordinate, it is tough for the manager to be objective about the performance of the individual. There may be favoritism, and this may start getting bad when things fall apart. The office might not be a comfortable environment for the ex-partners to work together.
Many companies have strict policies that discourage flings between managers and those that work for them. Office relationships have done many wonders than you might think. Steve Easterbrook, chief executive of McDonald, departed from office because of an office relationship.
Some companies have no restrictions when it comes to office romance. Others give guidelines on how to deal with inside relationships. In such companies, employees are subjected to report any relationships that might rise to a conflict of interest. These rules are perfectly fine, although they involve sacrificing one’s privacy.
The solution, No Solution at All
These problems can be avoided if people meet their partners through work rather than at the same office. There would be a problem if a purchasing manager were dating a salesperson at a supplier. These relationships often lead to favoritism or abuse of power.
Can we say that the office relationship is dead? Some individuals have met their soulmates by their desks or the coffee machine, and they are living happily. Couples should get a call from going against the company’s rules. They have to be smart about it: “Speak low if you speak love,” as Shakespeare wrote in “Much Ado About Nothing.” Maybe romance novels need an update to coup with the post-pandemic situations.