Do you remember that feeling when you were in high school, and there was that really cute person in your class? You would always cross your fingers that the teacher would partner you together.
Your heart would beat really fast when he walked into the room, and your entire day could be ruined if he was out sick. You wanted to tell him how cool you thought he was, and how much you liked him, but you never did.
You were not only scared of rejection, but you were also worried that if things didn't work out, you would have to see his face every day, for however long it took you to finish school.
Now, fast forward years later: You are a mature, sophisticated adult.
You’ve had relationships, you’ve had sex, you have been in love, you go out on dates, you meet new people, you’ve experienced things, you’ve told people exactly how you’ve felt and people have told you back.
But then, you go to your job and see that really cute person working in your department. You can’t help but feel like a little kid with a crush again.
Welcome to the adult version of the high school romance.
Just like when your parents told you in high school that you weren’t allowed to see that "bad" boy, it only made you want him more.
Your friends, family and other coworkers will tell you not to sh*t where you eat; this cannot end well.
But where’s the fun in that?
It’s exciting, intoxicating, risky and completely different from any kind of relationship you can form outside your corporate walls.
Apparently, this applies to a lot of other people as well.
The workplace romance game is evidently strong, with recent statistics revealing that 54 percent of people in a survey of 2,500 revealed they had been or currently are involved with a coworker.
But not all workplace flings are necessarily romantic.
If you really want to pursue the ancient taboo of office liaisons, here are some scenarios you could possibly be placed in.
1. The really hot person who is literally just there.
This is the person you were immediately attracted to, from the moment you saw him. You kind of have stuff in common, maybe.
But you don’t really care, and he doesn't really care, either. You might drunkenly hook up one night, simply because it was convenient, but there are no sparks or chemistry.
This is a good time, not a long time.
You see him at work on Monday and ask generic questions about how his weekend was.
But because you work together, you share a mutual respect for one another.
You just continue to coexist together, without things being awkward or weird.
This person isn’t going to break your heart, and you’re not going to break his. You come out of this one unscathed, and you don’t ever think twice about it.
2. The person you are kind of flirting with, but who actually disgusts you.
People hate to admit this one.
I get it; work can get boring at times, and the office clown makes a funny comment about some inside joke.
You laugh to be polite. The clown mistakes this laugh and boredom for flirting, and you continue to humor him or her by playing along.
He or she continues to push you, and you begin to question your feelings.
Perhaps, through all this person's nonsense, there's actually something there. But then, you remember that the thought of having sex with this person actually makes your skin crawl.
So you shudder, and keep on working.
3. The one you didn’t notice straight away (the diamond in the rough).
This one is the crème de la crème of workplace relationships.
It’s not just that you find yourself physically attracted to this person. You are attracted to his whole being, and you aren’t really sure how you got there.
You are attracted to what he says, what he thinks, what he does and what he wears.
This is the person you get up in the morning and go to work for: the high school crush.
It becomes more mature in a sense that you depend on this person for moral support and comfort. You work side by side, and take lunches together.
You tell him about your personal life, and he tells you about his.
But most importantly, it happens organically. You get to know this person before you even start declaring your interest. You truly believe there’s something there.
The point is, either this kind of thing is real or it isn’t. It's all circumstantial.
Does it work out, though?
I honestly don’t know. I know people who are happily married and engaged from meeting at work.
They believe it was the best thing that ever happened to them.
But I also know people who it didn’t work out for, and they were left in a horrible, messy situation where they had to see their ex every day.
However, there is something special about this.
So, would I do it again? Abso-f*cking-lutely.