The number of office relationships has gone up in the recent past. This can be attributed to the fact that we are spending a lot more time at our jobs.
There is nothing wrong with this, especially if your organization does not have a policy against office romance.
The only problem is when such relationships start affecting other people at the workplace.
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Here is Juliet’s story
“I work at an advertising firm in Nakuru as a procurement officer. It is a small company with just 15 employees. In my two years working for the company, I have come to build good relationships with most of my colleagues.
Majority of the employees are not over 25 and our boss just turned 28. The team being young is great because it has made the office policy very accommodative.
For example, dating amongst colleagues is allowed and our boss has no problem with this as long as it doesn’t affect your work.
This means that some of my colleagues are dating each other. I, however, don’t believe in dating someone you work with, but I can respect those who don’t mind.
The only problem is there is a specific couple that is taking things too far. They just can’t seem to keep their hands off each other; they also call each other using pet names all the time. I find this behavior inappropriate and distracting.
I believe that the workplace should remain professional at all times, so I am having a hard time accepting the PDA that these two show.
I honestly don’t have a problem with them dating, and I think it’s great that they have found love. However, is it too much to ask that they don’t show all of us just how in love they are?
Their behavior is making the workplace very uncomfortable for me and I now even dread having to work with them and I feel like this could affect my performance.
I don’t know how to tell them that they are making me uncomfortable with all their displays of affection without hurting the friendship I have built with them.
And the only other option I have is to talk to my boss and have him deal with it, but this means I am putting their jobs at risk as well and I really don’t want to do that.
I am stuck. I really don’t want to start looking for another job because I love where I am now, but I can’t give my best with this constant distraction. What do I do?”
What would you advise Juliet to do? Leave your comments below.