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Old 05-19-2013, 10:36 AM   #16
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How about the opposite side of the coin? The last office I worked in had a bunch of long time married couples working there (it was sort of a family company, tended to hire friends of friends). There was one couple, a much much older man and a much much younger woman (not that she was that young by the time I was at the office), the relationship had basically devolved into a caretaker relationship on her end. Well, they started to separate and it was acrimonious - worse because they had to communicate with each other all through the day because of the nature of their jobs. Then, after the divorce went through, they couldn't afford to get separate houses, so they divided their house down the middle and she moved in her fiancé. Last I heard, she got married and I believe that the first husband might have died, being in very poor health.

The funny thing is, once the actual divorce went through, they went back to being friends, and I believe that she continued caretaking him so long as they were living together. Her second husband was not a work place romance. But in the interim it was tough being the new girl in the office and having to work with both of them, felt like Hermione when Ron and Harry weren't talking to each other. The boss's attitude was they'd better just suck it up and communicate, there was nowhere to transfer them to in such a small office.
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:16 PM   #17
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I used to work for a casino and there were a LOT of married couples and family members who all worked for the casino. Our casino had two casino licenses, so two casinos that operated separately as far as the gaming income stream worked. So mainly, couples or family members tried to work on different casinos; if they couldn't or their jobs crossed casinos (like casino hosts, for example) then there were other rules, like you couldn't both work the same shift, or you couldn't both work in revenue producers or in high risk areas etc. Basically, things to cut down on collusion.

In fact, if I'm not mistaken, on the biggest casino theft I was ever involved in (on the prosecution side, mind you!), there was a familial connection between two positions that made one key element of the theft process possible, so it wasn't just paranoia!
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:24 PM   #18
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We had a fun scandal in the company I used to work for. An married exec got a much younger employee pregnant and she was able to convince another coworker that the baby was his. I don't remember whether they got married, but he eventually found out, left her, quit his job, and she eventually married the exec who was the real father. Last I heard they were still together.

Much less exciting, I married a coworker at that same company and our 24th anniversary is coming up this summer. I used to be his manager. Still am really.
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:33 PM   #19
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Only if you count the owner and his wife, both of whom work there.

Many at previous jobs. I had a few workplace lust affairs, but nothing real serious.
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Old 05-19-2013, 01:10 PM   #20

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Just celebrated 25 years of marriage as a result of my office romance!

And one person asked "Who are you marrying" when I announced my engagement, so yes, I think we kept it pretty low key.
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Old 05-19-2013, 04:05 PM   #21
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My workplace romance ended up becoming my husband of 10 years (and counting) and the dad to my son (and soon to be daughter).

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Me too. I know lots of people who have met their future spouse at work. I don't think it's a bad thing, unless ppl. behave unprofessional.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:10 PM   #22
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I met my husband at work. We both worked opposite shifts and different departments. We got married 3 months after we started dating. It's been 15 years and we still both work for the same company.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:53 PM   #23
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We are long divorced, but I married my barracks sergeant. I'm an unorganized slob; he's very, very organized. He spent a lot of time correcting me since I usually failed my room inspections, lol. Pretty sure I exasperated him, but opposites attract (though in the long run, we drove each other bananas). We were married 14 years and have 3 kids.
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:04 PM   #24
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There are two that I know of...One of the girls in my department was married and had a daughter. She began a "friendship" with one of the guys in our department. She divorced her husband and moved in with the other guy. She just delivered her second child and she just recently moved into the house he bought.

The other one is a guy and girl that are both in my department. They are both young (early 20's) and she didn't want people to know. but he is friends with just about everyone in the office on FB and he's also friends with her mom on FB. Her mom is always commenting on his FB posts about how wonderful his girlfriend is.

Funny because his girlfriend got all upset one day when someone made a comment about them dating and she got all upset saying that she didn't want people at work to know. the response to her was that maybe she should tell her mom because her comments are what gave it all away.
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I think if 2 single people meet at work and date, as long as they keep their behavior professional in the office, and as long as they are fairly sure that should they break that they can still keep their behavior professional in the office, then an office romance is no biggie.

I think an office "affair" (where one or both people are married) is the scandalous thing...makes both people involved look very, very bad, as well as making the workplace uncomfortable.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:27 PM   #26
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There have been so many of them in my company we've had to have meetings about policy

Our general manager had so many affairs he was actually known for his philandering. Several managers were sent to other states because of the "scandals".

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DH and I met/dated/got married while we worked together. Been married 9 years.

When we started dating, we worked in the same department, and we disclosed the fact that we were dating to our manager. (Because the company handbook did frown on co-workers dating, but no one ever really enforced that policy.) So, our boss didn't care, but he really liked that we came to him about it.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:56 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by Disney Doll View Post
I think if 2 single people meet at work and date, as long as they keep their behavior professional in the office, and as long as they are fairly sure that should they break that they can still keep their behavior professional in theoffice, that an office romance is no biggie.

I think an office "affair" (where one or both people are married) is the scandalous thing...makes both people involved look very, very bad, as well as making the workplace uncomfortable.
That's how I feel. I worked in an elementary school where a married female librarian (with kids attending the school!!) and a divorced male teacher hooked up. She left her husband for the guy. I'm not sure of the details, but they were both gone from the district once that came to light.

I can't imagine working in an environment where cheating is just kind of accepted as a social norm, but it sounds like for some of you it is .

I can say that I have never once worked with anyone I found even remotely attractive .
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:00 PM   #29
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I used to work somewhere that had a ton of college/high school interns. They weren't as subtle as they thought they were. It was usually overlooked by everyone except their supervisors as long as there was no PDA. Supervisors had discrete conversations with the interns they were responsible for, and being caught involved in PDA meant a (usually mortifying) discussion with the director, the assistant director, all the involved interns and their supervisors.
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:20 PM   #30
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I don't know of any affair type relationships going on in my workplace now but I'm sure they happen. At my last employer though, there was always some type of affair being talked about. My eyes were opened real wide when I went with a group of co-workers (mostly execs) to Put-In-Bay, which has the motto "what happens at the bay stays at the bay". Well I witnessed a whole lot of stuff that needed to be left at the bay!

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