11 Reasons NOT to Have an Office Romance

It’s hard to meet people, especially when it seems like all you do is go to work and sleep. Of course, you see the people you work with on a daily basis, so it’s easy to develop a crush on one of your colleagues. It may seem like you have so much in common, and there’ll never be a danger of not having time to see each other, but sleeping with someone is guaranteed to change things. Sure, it could work out, but chances are, it won’t. The truth is, there are far more reasons not to get involved with a co-worker, so proceed at your own risk.

  1. It could be the worst sex of your life. But you won’t be able to tell him that, because maybe you actually really do like him as a person. And because, you know, he works one cubicle down.
  2. He might become your boss, or vice versa. Then you’re the girl that slept with the boss, and no one will ever take you seriously if you get promoted. And if you’re the boss? You’re showing favoritism.
  3. Everyone will probably find out about your hook-up. It’s bad enough that one guy from work knows what your weird O-face looks like, but imagine passing the copy room and catching him acting it out for all his work bros.
  4. If you do happen to like each other, you’ll get sick of each other real fast. If you have to spend 8 hours a day with him, why would you want to go out with him during your off time?
  5. It’s gonna be a lot harder to play it cool when he doesn’t call you. You’ll cave and ask him why he blew you off after you’ve had too many glasses of wine at the next work function. Guaranteed.
  6. What if he gets really clingy? You can’t exactly ignore his texts, or tell him you’re too sick or have to stay late at work, because he can actually just stand up and peek over his cubicle wall to find out if you’re lying.
  7. News of your reputation could spread to other offices. If your industry is small and tight knit, it could spread to other companies that you “get around”. You don’t want an interviewer asking you pointed questions about your stance on “office relations”.
  8. You’ll think more about the sex than your work. He’s giving an important presentation on spreadsheets, but all you can think about is how he told you he likes to wear women’s underwear sometimes. Is he wearing them right now?!
  9. You’ll know when he moves on to the next girl. Whether it was serious or not, no one likes to see the girl a guy they slept with is banging now. Rolling your eyes and saying “been there, done that,” isn’t going to help, either.
  10. You could get fired. Some places don’t just frown upon sleeping with colleagues, they actually forbid it. If you just can’t help yourself, at least find out beforehand whether it could cost you your job or not.
  11. You don’t really know him at all. He could be married, or he could actually be a Russian spy who is there to find out the secrets of the company and report back to his country. He may be a marketing associate by day, but a dancer by night. He might be a homeless guy who just shows up at meetings for the free coffee. You don’t know.
By day, Courtney is a digital marketing copywriter living in Toronto, Canada. By night, she's a freelance lifestyle writer who, in addition to Bolde.com, contributes regularly to AmongMen.ca, IN Magazine, and SheBlogs Canada. Want to chat about relationships, Stephen King or your favorite true crime podcast/documentary/book? She's on Twitter @courtooo.