I’ve been sharing my favorite workplace love stories this week in honor of Valentine’s Day.
I was going to finish with a salacious tale of a married manager who made two very special women his Valentine — neither of which were his wife … when my own Valentine caused me to rethink it. He asked a really simple question:
Can Love At Work … Work?
In my experience, the answer is usually no. Then I remembered one of my favorite couples started out as a workplace romance …
Melissa and Ted worked for the same employer at two unrelated jobs in unrelated departments. The only time they saw each other was during lunch. They spent almost a year pretending not to notice each other before she finally took the lead and asked him out.
They had great chemistry — they talked, they laughed and they truly enjoyed each other’s company. Their relationship took root and it blossomed. They dated for about a year then moved in together. About a year after that, they were married. And almost 10 years later, they are still together — happy and functional. Their relationship was a paradigm shift for my views on love and marriage — and I am beyond grateful to them for it.
They are living proof that love at work can work.