Office romance by dunni olabanjo secret office dating or work place romance are now common among staffs of organization and they go unnoticed until a major burst by the parties involved leak the act out

OFFICE ROMANCE

By Dunni Olabanjo

Secret office dating or work place romance are now common among staffs of organization and they go unnoticed until a major burst by the parties involved leak the act out. How well the parties involved handle the affairs, mostly determines a life span of such an affair. But the fact remains that people have demanding jobs and work long hours. Where else are they going to find the relationship? They don’t go to work looking for love, but modern work practice throws us into close working relationship.

How does it start? In one memorable scene from the film “silence of the lambs” Hanniba lectern opines that will begin by converting what we see everyday.

Office romance is quite common, most especially in large organization where it takes time before people can actually detect the relationship. While to some this affair starts due to closeness at work or attraction to opposite sex, others indulge in this relationship for the fun. On the average that we spend nearly forty-four hours a week at work and consequently more time with our work mate than the rest of our family and friends, hence work play romance is alive and flourishing. A survey by a leading employment law advisor human and legal resources reviewed that nearly 70% of the people had been involved in an office liaising and while around 30% of those had been one-night-stand or flings, 40% had ended up in relationships.

People involved in secret relationship in the office try to consul the affairs from the publics of their colleagues. In a bit to keep the relationship unknown to the fellow colleague they may decide to be meeting at lunch to communicate or chat through mail with coded names. They also use a lot of non-verbal clues to pass message such as eye contact. In a situation that they have a close confidant such a person serves as intermediary for sending messages when necessary. Usually, the best period for them to interact is after close of work when they can really have time for themselves.

The most difficult office relationships were between workers at different grades especially if one person report directly to the other. There would be concerns about distractions favoritism and tension if things go wrong.

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