Being in the workplace can be very fun. You love what you do and the people you work with. You get along with the same sex as well as the opposite. Then you have that one person of the opposite sex that you click with. In the workplace you have great chemistry and you make a good team. You guys work well and get things done. It works out almost perfectly to the point that you think you could make a great collabo outside of work. Is this something you should explore or should you keep it strictly professional? There is almost no way you haven’t heard, “Do not mix business with pleasure!” Things become complicated and can get very uncomfortable if things go wrong. Here are a few things to consider:
1. It can influence your work performance; you’ve worked so hard to obtain and maintain your position at work, do not jeopardize it! Having a honey at work can distract you and cause your work to slack. You’re so busy coordinating lunch dates and water cooler time that you forget why you were hired…..to do your job!!
2. Employee chit-chat; you and your work honey begin getting closer and it starts to show at work. Before you know it the whole office is talking about it. Then co-workers began asking you questions to clarify information. Next, the haters come. They start giving you or your honey updates by constantly letting you know what the other is doing. This only stirs controversy and takes your focus off of work. Instead of focusing on deadlines you’re focusing on who your co-worker honey is talking to and why they’re talking to that person.
3. There’s always a chance you could break-up; so if you go against the grain and hook up with the hottie at work things can go completely south. You lose communication and don’t talk to each other anymore but you have to see each other because you clock-in at the same place. Work becomes awkward and you have to avoid each other. Depending on how things ended you may not want to come back to work. Your work performance slacks because you’d rather not see that person. You could even risk getting fired.
All in all mixing business with pleasure is not a good idea. Feelings can get hurt, things can get awkward and work performance could suffer due to the fact that you wanted to hook up with the office hottie. So keep business professional and pleasure separate and your life will remain in good balance girl!