I talk a lot on this blog about relationships; whether it’s date night ideas or just general relationship advice. However, I haven’t really touched on the topic of how to find someone to date. And for those of you who are single and no longer in school, you know how difficult it can be to meet someone. I hate to sound negative, but you basically have two options: online dating or meeting someone at work. Yep, I said it. Date someone at your job!
Think about it: When you’re in school, it’s so easy to meet people. You literally have a community of like-minded people surrounding you who are also looking for some type of comradery. It’s a really convenient way to meet someone. Now, when you graduate and enter into the real world, things get a bit trickier. If you read my engagement story blog post, you may know that Matt and I actually met while working together. I know it sounds scary, but there is a way to go about it that’s not an HR violation. Let’s talk about it!
Keep It Professional
As I mentioned before, Matt and I met at work. And now look at us; we’re getting married in less than a month! When I started working at the company where Matt and I met, I was working in Marketing and Matt was working in Product Management (more of a technical role). So, we didn’t report to the same manager or even work on the same side of the building, which made it a little easier. I thought he was so handsome but was afraid to say anything. I wasn’t sure what the company policy was on dating in the workplace. Turns out, as long as you’re mature and professional about it, they can’t really do much considering we’re all adults at this point. Plus, who are they to tell you what you can do with your personal life. As long as you’re not making out in your office or turning in late assignments because you’re distracted, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it.
Keep Your Work Life Separate
If you do happen to meet someone at work and start dating (go you!) it’s important to remember that work is work. When you walk into the office, you have a job to do despite the fact that your boyfriend/girlfriend is also there. If you can learn to keep your work life and personal life separate, you’ll have no problems. Now I’m not saying you can’t acknowledge your partner, but don’t treat them the same way you would when you’re out on a date. Use your lunch break to catch up on the day and spend some quality time together. You can eat together in the cafeteria or use that time to run out and grab a quick bite to eat.
Don’t Talk About Work All The Time
Once you’re an established couple working in the same office, it’s really easy to talk “work talk” all the time. It’s understandable because work is a big part of your life, however, you don’t want the relationship to suffer because of it. Let’s be honest, even if you love your job, nobody wants to talk about work all day every day. I’m not trying to scare you and say you can never bring up work related things, I’m just encouraging you to be mindful of the conversations you have with your partner. Trust me, it will keep things a lot more fun and interesting!
I think the most important tip I can share is to have fun! Enjoy this awesome time in your relationship, because unfortunately, it may not last forever. Matt and I worked together for about 2.5 years, and then I decided to take a better opportunity at a different company. It was for the best, but I still find myself reminiscing about the “good ol days!”
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