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In the current instalment of his Life Coaching summer health clinic for The Hour, Medical Director of the Priory Hospital, Dr Alex Yellowlees, has some important advice about office romances and their potential danger for those involved.
Dr Alex advised that good working relationships are important, and function best when they are based in equality.
“The work balance can be upset if two people become involved in an office romance, when this happens, a working relationship with two people becomes too close and complicated”
Dr Alex warned that this can also be perceived as bad working practice. Secrecy is not an option either, as this can often make the situation worse.
“If a secretary and a manager were to start a secret office romance and it ended poorly or abruptly, there could often be massive implications and damage for both parties, personally and professionally.”
Dr Alex concluded with four tips for those involved, or thinking about becoming involved in an office relationship:
1. These sort of situations rarely work out
2. They can cause personal and professional damage
3. Share your concerns with friends outside of work
4. Do not discuss matters with people in work