Office Romance!

Holding Out for a HeroI was just editing a romance that required the hero and the heroine to work together, and despite their initial opposition to each other, they let love conquer all. It occurred to me that a lot of romances have some sort of variation on this theme — in Mari Manning’s Holding Out for a Hero, the heroine hires the hero to solve a problem for her. That got me thinking about office romance and all its pleasures and pitfalls.

There’s nothing like a little crush on an office mate to make Monday a lot more appealing. (Not that I would know anything about this. I am only entirely professional around my colleagues. I DO NOT WONDER WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO KISS ANY OF THEM. Really.)

So, office romance. Fun and fantastic or the worst thing that will ever happen to your career? Ever had an office romance? Tell Crimson in the comments.

17 thoughts on “Office Romance!

  1. Micah Persell

    Back in college, I toured every summer with a singing group for PR for the school of music. We were crammed in a van together for eight weeks; we’d all signed statements saying we wouldn’t engage in romantic relationships with our fellow group mates–it was a tinderbox for forbidden romance. And I’m a sucker for a guy with a deep voice 😉
    Not technically an “office” romance, but…

  2. PM Kavanaugh

    Hmmmm. I detect a (positive) theme from the other commenters. I met my husband at work, but we didn’t start our romance until I was on a leave of absence and he was employed by a sister company hundreds of miles away! I did not want the pressure of peer/co-worker scrutiny & crazy client deadlines interfering with my unfolding sense of wonderment and joy. By the time both of us were in the same work place/environment, our relationship was solid and out in the open. I don’t think it made Mondays more pleasurable, but Fridays were….AWESOME!

  3. Elizabeth Palmer

    I wondered what it would be like to kiss a man I worked with — the only man working in the library! That was in 1992, he eventually kissed me, and we’ve been married for 10 years. ♥♥ Fortunately there was more than 1 library branch, and or director was fine with one of us transferring. She didn’t insist, we just discovered that working together was too much of a good thing after we started living together.

  4. KristinaKnight

    I married my office-romance-man thirteen years ago…and he’s still my favorite guy. We ‘outed’ ourselves – yes, there was a non-fraternization policy – at the company Christmas party. Apparently since he wasn’t my boss, they didn’t care. But it was funny to see them all put two-and-two together that night…

  5. alexiabanks

    I met my first husband in the newsroom where we both worked. I met my fiance through a work situation, as well. It wasn’t an office, but a film set (still counts, I think). In both cases, we kept the romance quiet for quite awhile, which made it seem kinda fun and forbidden.

  6. peggybird

    I met the man I eventually married when I had to lobby him for money in the federal budget he was working on. Seems to have worked. Got the money and the guy.

  7. Irene

    Another ultimate office romance. Dream Man and I met on the job and have worked together ever since. We’ve run a small business together for many years now and it’s the best thing that ever happened to me!

  8. Laura

    I never had an office romance, but worked way too many temp jobs and was witness to several. I once had a cubicle mate who had a crush on the girl three cubes down. He was so cute with his whiplash head every time she walked by. Eventually he got up the courage to ask her out and they were engaged by the end of the summer. 🙂

  9. Lisa Weseman

    I was trying to get over an awkward, awful failed office romance when I met my husband at a bar…and it turned out I worked with him, too! Because we’d both had previous offices romances, we kept our relationship quiet for a while. Ignoring each other in the office kitchen definitely added to the excitement!