There’s something about men in well fitted suits, women in formal fitting dresses, impeccable English and intelligent conversations that is an absolute turn on! Mike and Rachel work in the same office and they are dating. It is a secret. Mike is a manager while Rachel is a junior. Many employees are suspicious about their relationship but they always deny it and manage to successfully change the topic whenever it comes up. Mike always has a poker face on while at work but Rachel cannot help but throw him a few smiles and kisses from time to time when no one is looking…or so she thinks. How long do you think their relationship will last before the entire office finds out about it? Do you think it will affect their work?
Office romance is extremely tricky! The moment people find out or even suspect that Mike and Rachel are romantically linked, they start to question their professionalism. In this case they are likely to be suspicious about Rachel as a junior. Did she get the job because they are dating? Was her performance appraisal really fair or was he biased? If Rachel was to get a promotion many would most likely conclude that it is Mike who ensured that she did, even though her work may be good. That is the problem with office romance. Somehow people tend to focus more on the negative and they even overlook the fact that one may be very good at their job. Rachel starts being referred to as “Mike’s girlfriend” and not “the hardworking go-getter in the marketing department”, for example.
In addition to that a strain is put on the relationship because Mike becomes suspicious about the men who stare and smile at Rachel as she passes by; something that could have meant nothing if he did not witness it every day at the workplace. It makes him become over protective. He starts making sure he drops her at work, goes for lunch with her, leaves the office at the same time as her…all to make sure these “vultures” do not prey on his lady. Rachel, on the other hand, becomes extremely irritated by Mike’s fellow female manager who always seems to stand too close and laugh too hard at his jokes. Eventually she says, “I don’t like her Mike, stay away from her as much as possible”…A trust issue brought about by working together. Then when they go home they have nothing to talk about because they have been together ALL DAY EVERYDAY.
A little advice when it comes to office romance: AVOID AVOID AVOID! It is too risky. It is only likely to work out if the two are the owners of the company in which case the employees have no say in the matter.
There are several other suitable potential partners in other offices!