12 Problems Only People Dating A Coworker Understand

I would be so happy for you if you got the promotion! But also I'm going to crush you.

1. The devastating awkwardness of figuring out if you should kiss each other good-bye. As your relationship begins to blossom like two flowers in the same garden that are dating each other, you have to start making choices that will affect you for the rest of your lives (or until you break up and/or one of you quits). Do you kiss each other good-bye every day and risk the glares, murmurs, and gossip of your coworkers? Or do you just suck it up and bolt out of there, sending a "thinking of you" text on the way out? This is about to set the foundation for the rest of the relationship.

2. Debating whether or not to send that inappropriate email. You've hovered over the "send" button, wondering if you should send a sexy email to your work beau so you can reap the benefits later. Then you thought better of it when you realized his boss could be looking over his shoulder at this very moment.

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3. Negotiating a quickie during lunch. You did the calculations over lunch and realized that you could spend 15 minutes in a car together in a nearby empty lot before anyone noticed both of you were out on a long lunch. Steamy, passionate, forbidden, afternoon delight was expected. Awkward, fumbling sex and cramping ensued.

4. Feeling obligated to take lunch with them every. Single. Day. Depending on the kind of person you are, that sentence either gave you butterflies or filled you with intense dread. May God have mercy on your souls if the two of you disagree about just how much time you should spend together.

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5. And if you live together, being together non-stop. The idea of an office romance thing seems perfect, but sometimes you just want some space.

6. If you're not working a 9-to-5, just hoping you wind up on the same schedule. You're always bummed out when your schedules don't overlap, but you're pretty sure your manager does it on purpose. And getting home when he's just leaving for work means no sex ever.

7. Fighting over interoffice politics. You know you shouldn't bring your work home, but dates have been ruined because his department really screwed over your department on some big project.

8. Your coworkers acting really awkward when they walk in on the two of you. You might have been discussing budget reports, but everyone always acts like they just interrupted something steamy. "Ohhh, I'm so sorry, you guys," they say with a wink and leave before you can explain yourselves.

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9. Overcompensating with professionalism. When you have to interact in a professional setting, you fidget and act like you're complete strangers, successfully making things even more awkward for everyone involved. As a result, you are never invited to client meetings together.

10. The grand debate over whether to leave the office separately for date night. You know if you walk out together, everyone is going to "Ooooh." #hassle

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11. Seeing each other at work when you're having a big fight at home. You might be able to storm out of the house but you're not going to get a break from each other when you have that big PowerPoint presentation the next day. Good luck going through the quarterly results when the person you're currently irrationally mad at because of how they make pasta is stewing only feet away.

12. Hating him momentarily when you're up for the same promotion. You sat down and had a long talk about how you'll be happy no matter who gets it. But secretly, you're hoping to stroll in there and crush your significant other.


This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors. 

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