What’s love got to do with it?

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Quite a lot, actually. To answer Tina Turner’s proverbial question, especially with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, what is your opinion on romance in your office?

Is it just flirtatious humour, a way to move up the career ladder, an extramarital affair or are the couple in the finance department far more serious about their relationship.

After all, apart from dating websites (which hopefully your social media policy doesn’t allow during worktime!) where can you meet that person of your dreams? We tend to spend more time at work and as such, where else is a couple to meet and blossom?

Apart from going to the pub on a Friday night, or like me, Salsa dancing on a Tuesday night, traditional meeting places don’t seem to have the same pool of candidates as the office. And the office have a pre-selected pool – remember when you were interviewing, you do tend to ask yourself the question “are they a good fit” – does this mean “will she get on with him??” Everyone in your office shares at least one interest – that’s doing the job and seeing your business grow so they too can reap the financial awards.

And as they all work in the same office, surely their homes are within a good location to each other and by seeing each other on a daily basis, by asking a group of people out for “lunch” – is that a way of asking them out on a pre-date perhaps!

Not every business has a Workplace Romance Policy – but should they? Some businesses worry about this but is it necessary? Would you rather not go and buy “that hat” or “that suit” and watch a romance blossom? Or do you, as a business owner, worry about the pillow talk!

Let’s face it, workplace romance can be a good thing – if it’s going well, but should the worse happen, there’s nothing like a woman scorned to put in a complaint of sexual harassment.

But on the other hand, it could produce some great business goals by your employees striving to compete with each other; surely enhancing positive effects on participants.

So Happy Valentines Day! And remember the chorus of Tina Turner’s song…. “What’s love but a sweet old fashioned notion: Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken….”

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