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“Royal Pains”- Dating In The Workplace

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Honestly, I haven’t done this myself, but the last episode of “Royal Pains” takes a look at dating in the workplace.

Mark Feuerstein and Jill Flint in "Royal Pains"

Mark Feuerstein and Jill Flint in "Royal Pains"

It’s not exactly advice on how to get promoted, or how to avoid getting laid off, but if a workplace relationship goes south, it could affect how you perform your job, or how your workplace perceives you. In the last episode, Hank offers to take an an open ER position in Jill’s hospital. Given that their both romantically involved and Jill’s relationship with Hank has brought up questions at her workplace already, the proposition seems risky. Hank sees it as an opportunity to develop their relationship. In dramatic TV fashion, neither Jill or Hank have to risk the pitfalls of dating someone at work- Jill’s ex-husband Charlie takes the ER job and further complicates their relationship.

I’m not saying that dating in the workplace is always a bad thing. I would say it’s complicated, though. A Bizzywomen.com article on “Dating Women- Dating Women in the Workplace” outlines the pros and cons of dating someone in the workplace. Assuming your company policies on dating co-workers allows it, and there are no issues of favoritism because of position and status, the article states it can grease the wheels in developing relationships because of the familiarity and time spent together. It can also help the company as healthy relationships can increase productivity.

Again, dating in the workplace is complicated. When a workplace relationship doesn’t work out, the article states that it can be a problem seeing your ex everyday and having the whole office privy to how ugly the fallout was. Goes without saying your morale and productivity take a header.

In the end, it’s up to you to decide if the complications of workplace dating are worth the risk. It could turn out great, but if not, hearing “your breakup is TV material” is really NOT a compliment.

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Written by Reginald Bautista

August 10, 2009 at 8:49 pm

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  1. NEVER, EVER date in your workplace. It’s pure suicide!

    Yes Messenger

    August 31, 2009 at 8:48 pm


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