Some even argue that working with your lover is the ultimate form of work/life balance. "A big reason why a lot of relationships fail is that people work too much, so dating a coworker eliminates that problem." Other office daters cited "commuting together" and "having the same vacation days" as additional perks.Negatives Of course, there are negative aspects of intraoffice dating, as well. In such industries as management consulting and investment banking, new recruits fresh out of college or MBA programs join firms as classes. Social Outlet For many people, whether they like it or not, the office is not just a place to do work—it's also their primary social outlet.At many firms, classes go through training together—often in popular spring break locales such as Palm Beach, Florida—and engage in firm bonding or orientation events, where drinks flow freely and pairing off is inevitable.
Young people starting out in high-pressure industries like investment banking, the Internet, or medicine often find it can help to have a partner who can truly empathize with their demanding and often stressful careers."For instance, if you've got a date with another banker but you're swamped with work, you can call at the last minute and cancel.They'll understand, because they're going through the same thing." With companies boasting a "work hard, play hard" culture and touting their work/life balance initiatives, it's not surprising that many employees are taking such a sporting attitude to heart."Anybody who goes into I-banking with an existing relationship outside the firm, watch out.
I'd say 80 percent of the time, the relationship will fall apart," says the ex-Merrill analyst.While there may be less formality involved in asking out someone you work with (because you get to know them gradually, in the safe haven of the office), if your affection is unrequited, things can become awkward or uncomfortable.