We tend to bond with people we spend time with, and we often spend the most time with people at work. Bonding with coworkers makes the office ripe for romance. Polls show that 44 % of office romances end in marriage. This means more than half of office relationships eventually break up, often with negative fallout for everyone involved.
You’re about to learn why Companies may soon ask coworkers in a dating relationship to sign a Company Love Contract. Find out if it will prevent office romances or protect marriages from the threat of an office romance.
What is a Company Love Contract?
Think of it as a pre-nup agreement between you, your intimate co-worker, and your Company. Basically, it states that if your office dating relationship fails, you won’t blame the Company.
Why is this important?
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Shakespeare’s quote underestimates the break up fury in a man, especially if he’s been jilted by a superior at work. All sorts of sexual discrimination and harassment lawsuits have been filed against Companies after an office romance breaks up.
A Company Love Contract is designed to make office couples take 100 % responsibility for their dating relationship, regardless of whether it ends in marriage or a break up.
What are the other benefits?
Married employees would have to acknowledge an extramarital dating relationship with a coworker when they are asked to sign a Company Love Contract. This could be a wake-up call to action for a married employee to either improve their marriage or do the honorable thing before dating a coworker.
A Company Love Contract also could be discoverable ammunition used by a divorce lawyer to negotiate a settlement in a divorce battle triggered by office-based adultery.
Could a Company Love Contract prevent extramarital bonding between coworkers?
Like attracts like. We are attracted to like minded people with similar life experience, career interests and core values. Is there a better place to meet and bond with a like-minded love match than in the trenches at work?
What if you feel but don’t act on your romantic impulses? Could your emotional bonding with a coworker harm your marriage?
When a married person builds a personal relationship with a coworker or someone outside of your marriage, it is considered an emotional affair. It steals power and focus from your marriage and can cause you to disconnect from your spouse and damage your marriage.
Could a Company Love Contract promote an extramarital office romance?
Couples could hide their office romance so they don’t have to sign a Love Contract or admit it to their spouse. Secrecy often adds excitement to an office romance.
Common career delights combined with the rush of Cupid’s Cocktails that you experience in a budding relationship may blur concern for office dating rules or marriage vows. Your feelings can be immense yet fleeting when an office romance blooms in secrecy.
Is there an antidote?
Strengthen your marriage bonds so that you can happily resist an office romance. A renewed commitment and dedicated focus on your mate and marriage may help you feel happy at home. Then you may feel less tempted to seek office pleasures that can cause painful fallout in your company and your family.
What if you would rather pursue an office romance than strengthen your marriage bonds?
Recognize the weaknesses in your marriage. If you don’t want to strengthen them, then choose to do the other honorable and fair thing before you enter a new relationship. If it is with a coworker, you may be asked to sign a Company Love Contract and take full responsibility for your dating relationship–a healthy choice in every relationship.
As always, your candid comments are invited. Please leave your feedback in the comment box after this post so we can start a dialogue on this important topic.
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