Benefits and Drawbacks of Work Romances

Work romances are a thing that many companies have to try to deal with. This is because no matter how hard companies may try to forbid them, when people like each other, they will attempt to be together in many cases. However, although workplace relationships can sometimes be a challenge both for the company and the people in the relationship, there can also be benefits to them. Here is a look at some of the top benefits and drawbacks of work romances.


Happier employees

If your employees are finding love at the office, then there is a good chance that they will be happier. This is because in addition to making money, a lot of people consider finding love a top priority in their lives. If your employees are doing both while they are at work, then there is a good chance they will be happier. Happier employees make for better employees in many cases.

Improved company culture

If your company develops a reputation as a place where love is encouraged, then it may help to attract better prospective employees to work there. After all, people may be turned off by companies who ban love. A lot of romantic tension can build up in an office, so better employees may choose to work at places where they are not forbidden from following their heart when it comes to pursuing their coworkers romantically.


Breakup drama

Breakups can bring a lot of drama. This can cause problems for the people who were in the relationship and for people who are not in the relationship alike. People are oftentimes not at their finest when they are going through a breakup, and arguing, yelling, and other stressful behavior may occur at the workplace during breakup times. This can hamper productivity and be a major distraction.

Sexual harassment issues

If one person wants out of the relationship, and if the other person does not, then it could potentially lead to major sexual harassment issues if the one who still wants the relationship won’t give it up. This can also lead to a lot of drama, and some unfortunate legal issues for the company.


Allowing workplace relationships to occur at your business may create a few uncomfortable situations. However, it also makes your company a lot more interesting and fun to work for. So, it could potentially be a major pull for prospective employees to work at your business. Plus, Barack and Michelle Obama met at work, so sometimes incredible relationships are born out of workplace romances.

Karin Jakovljevic

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Karin Jakovljevic

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

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