I’m sure you’ve heard people tell you that before. Perhaps you’re one of the people who tells themselves they’d never date a coworker.
I’m not downplaying the issues that could potentially come along with dating a coworker — there are plenty. It just annoys me when people make such bold statements and promises to themselves. It might not be your preference to get involved with someone you work with, but why tell yourself you’ll never do it? It only closes you off to potentially wonderful possibilities.
For one thing, research proves that guess what — the most common place that married couples first meet is in the workplace. This makes a lot of sense. People spend so much of their lives in the workplace, and often work can limit one’s outside social life and amount of time available to even meet people to date. In addition, you already have something in common, that being work itself. Also, work relationships always start off platonic, enabling people to actually really get to know one another.
So keep on telling yourself you’d never date a coworker, but we all know this is only true because you haven’t met the right coworker yet. Just remember — love, romance, and sexual attraction don’t care if two people work together.
While our jobs and careers are important to us, if you use those things as excuse not to pursue a potentially amazing relationship, I think you’re making a big mistake.