Dating a co-worker can be convenient: You have a built-in coffee or lunch buddy; when you talk about work off the clock, your partner knows all the characters involved. It could go so well that you end up like Pam and Jim from “The Office” or Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys in real life.
Or it doesn’t go well and you end up avoiding eye contact during meetings.
There seems to be a generational split on office romance: This 2012 study that found that 84 percent of millennials said they would engage in romance with a co-worker – while only 36 percent of Generation X workers and only 29 percent of Boomers (ages 46 to 65) would do so.
For the latest episode of the Solo-ish podcast, I sat down with Karla Miller, who’s a work advice columnist for the Washington Post Magazine, to discuss how to carry on a workplace relationship discreetly — and what to do if it falls apart. (For starters, don’t send shmoopy emails or spend a lot of time behind closed doors.)
It’s not all doom and gloom. In the The Washington Post newsroom, there are about 20 couples who met on the job and married. One such pair — On Parenting editor Amy Joyce and senior politics editor Steven Ginsberg — told me about how they met in the newsroom about 20 years ago. (Apparently Steven blushed real hard while asking Amy out.)
You can listen to our conversation here — or subscribe to the Solo-ish podcast on iTunes.