Ask Dave Taylor: Tech and Business


Why are office romances such a bad idea?

For a lot of people, dating in the workplace is a very important topic, indeed, it's also one that I've been asked about a number of times in my various companies. While the logic is obvious -- we spend more time at work than just about anywhere else, so where better to find a potential mate than in a professional setting? -- the dangers and risks are quite high too.

I remember those halcyon days when I was young and single (well, they weren't that halcyon, in retrospect) and I hated trying to find venues where I could meet eligible singles in a pleasant environment. Bars? Health clubs? Community college courses? Church or temple? Outdoor activities? It's no wonder that like most of my colleagues, my eye wandered at work, checking out others in the firm during lunchtimes, afternoon breaks, conferences, workshops and other events.

But there's danger lurking in office romances, genuine risks to your career and credibility, along with your mental health...