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Love is in the air…but what about office romances?

Love is in the air…but what about office romances?

Valentine’s day is here, and love is definitely in the air for some of us which can bring out the romantic side of those you least expect…

But, if you are working full time, where might you meet your potential other half? They could be sat in the same office as you. According to a survey conducted by SHRM, 57 percent of individuals responding said if they engaged in a romantic relationship at work and, if this relationship is genuinely serious, popular opinion is more approving. So, why is there still a stigma attached to relationships at work?

The 2 founding members of our company will have been married for 20 years this year (together for 23 years in total) having met at work. Although many other organisations don’t encourage relationships with colleagues, if Phill and Alison hadn’t have taken that risk to be together, they would have missed out on their wonderful marriage.

If you are involved in a workplace relationship Phill and Alison are living proof that it can be great. However, it is important that you are clued up on your organisation’s written and unwritten rules about romantic relationships in the workplace. Here are a few things to consider if you are having a relationship with someone at work:

  • Keep the relationship private and discreet until you are ready to publicly announce that you are a couple.
  • Behave discreetly in the workplace. Keep public displays of affection off limits at work.
  • Know whether you’re required to report a dating relationship to HR.

Keeping these things in mind will help ensure your budding relationships begin on a positive, so, if you are in a relationship with someone you work with, team IP wish you all the best.

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