Understanding Work Relationship Boundaries

Work Relationship Boundaries You may meet and work with many different people over the course of your professional life. Some will become cherished friends, others will be remembered as fellow workers and some will simply be forgotten. The most dangerous group of people that you may find yourself confronted with are those with whom you become romantically involved.

An office romance may seem exciting when you are sitting at your desk, bored and daydreaming, but daydreams seldom turn out the way we picture them, and consequences can be harsh and painful.

Many businesses have strict fraternization rules that ban personal relationships between employees. Even if this is not the case, you should consider the potential outcomes very carefully before involving yourself in something that could ruin your professional and private life.

Here are a few points to ponder: Even the best relationship can suffer from too much togetherness. Where do you go to get away from your significant other, while working in the same environment? How will you handle jealousy issues due to both of you interacting with other employees regularly?

Worse, how will you handle a bad breakup that finds you having to see and work with that person daily?

Yes, love does make the world go ’round, and there is the chance that an office relationship can last and be everything that you’ve dreamed of. The truth, however, is that romance is a risky business and is made more difficult in an office setting.

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Joseph Ferriolo

Director at Wise Business Plans®
Joseph Ferriolo is the Director of Wise Business Plans. He has overseen over 15,000 written business plans during his tenure, raising over $1BN in funding and providing 30K+ consulting hours for startup companies.

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