Mainly, it boils down to this: “Nobody will ever pay you enough to postpone the things that are a natural part of life, like falling in love, marriage and starting a family,” she says.“When you spend the majority of your life at work, where else are you going to meet people?I don’t hang out at bars.” Happy workplace couples, like Mollinedo and Mims, reflect new thinking in the workplace: Finding your honey where you make your money isn’t out of the question anymore.Now, a year after that date, they’re husband and wife.
Starwood is unusual, however; most companies – 75 percent, according to a 2002 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) study – don’t have any office dating guidelines, which amounts to a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and a lot of sneaking around.
And secrecy is something that makes co-workers uneasy, according to workplace experts.
BY Judtith Potwora From the moment Ana sat down next to John in the back seat of a co-worker’s car, she felt sparks. “We spoke the whole 45 minutes to the office and we completely ignored everyone else in the car.” But when he asked her out, she said no.
At the time, Ana Mollinedo, vice president of diversity, communications and community affairs at Starwood Hotels, was only three weeks into the job.
“Dating in the workplace is no longer taboo,” says Charles A.
Pierce, a professor of management at the University of Memphis who researches workplace behavior and sexual harassment. A SHRM survey showed that 81 percent of human resource professionals see workplace romances as dangerous.