Some survival suggestions to stay sane—and employed

It really is more and more common, and your boss might even be fine with it. But that doesn’t mean an office romance is simple.

Sarah, a 30-year-old graphic designer, met Matt through a colleague in the imaging tech company where they both worked. “I didn’t really notice him to start with she says because he had a beard, and beards weren’t my thing. However they exchanged a couple of texts, then graduated to friendly lunches. Eventually Matt asked Sarah on a date, and so they talked for so long that the sushi restaurant had to kick them out. “We took things slowly because we had been both very aware that we worked in identical office,” she remembers. Nevertheless the caution was worth every penny: Five years after that date that is first he proposed.

A decade ago their romance would have now been expressly forbidden. (You understand the old saying about not, um, making a mess in which you eat.) But much more americans marriage that is postpone their careers are established—and as hours get longer, with smartphones blurring work and play—it makes sense that attitudes are changing. “Older generations saw act as a separate place,” says Renee Cowan, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio who studies office relationships. “Nowadays work and life are very integrated.” These stats aren’t surprising: 37 percent of people have dated a coworker, according to a 2015 survey by CareerBuilder, and 30 percent of those relationships ended in marriage (proving that an office romance is not always a disaster) in that light.

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