In honor of Valentine’s Day tomorrow (you’re welcome for the reminder, gentlemen) we’re going to take a look at the current state of office romance in America. Romance in the workplace is often glamorized in film and on TV, as in shows like The Office. But what does it look like in real life? Is it really a good idea to date someone you work with 40 hours a week? Or is it just a natural result of spending so much time with the same people?
A case can be made for both sides, of course. No one can deny the awkwardness that comes from working with someone you went through a nasty breakup with (and the annoyance that comes from co-workers who have to work with you both), but there are also examples of bona fide power couples who met at work. For example, President Obama met First Lady Michelle Obama when she was his supervisor at a Chicago law firm. Bill and Melinda Gates met at a Microsoft press event in 1987. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie met on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
But what about those of us who live in the real world? A 2012 CareerBuilder.com survey revealed some interesting facts about the current state of the typical office romance:
Have you ever dated someone from work? How did it turn out? We invite you to share your story in the comment section below.
Additional link: Power Couples who met at work: A slideshow courtesy of Forbes.com