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(Daily Mail)   30 percent of office romances lead to marriage. The other 70 percent lead to awkward post-breakup interaction and headaches for the HR department   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 242
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2013-02-15 01:32:01 PM  
One place I worked actually had a policy against dating anyone in the company.  Sure, it wasn't a huge company (about 60 people) but they didn't just say "don't date your direct reports or your manager" it was basically verboten across the board.

I pointed out to a guy "updating" the corporate policies that this one was a dud: unenforceable and, frankly, given the number of single people working 60+ hour weeks (most with long commutes in the bargain), having relationships develop between colleagues was going to happen at some point (note: I didn't mean me, I was engaged to someone in a completely different business).  He told me off, and told me how wrong I was.

Then his wife dumped him and managed to take most of "their" friends with her.  Suddenly he discovered that the people he knew best and saw the most were his coworkers.  The policy ended up being modified.

/didn't help him, I believe he's still single
 
2013-02-15 01:33:00 PM  

WhippingBoy: Forbidden Doughnut: "What can you contribute to a culture of diversity and tolerance?"

That would have been it for me. I would have deliberately said the most politically incorrect thing I could think of, got up, and left.


And the HR filter would have proven it's worth right there.  If you tantrum like a child when someone asks an annoying question in an interview where you are presumably on your best behavior, how are you going to act day-to-day on the job?

Better answer:  "Well, it sounds corny, but what I can contribute is in fact the tolerance you're asking about.  I don't care who someone is or what they look like.  If they know their stuff and can do their job, that's the person I want to work with.  Anything else doesn't really matter to me."

See?  You made your point about competence being more important than bullshiat, but didn't stomp out like a freak in high dudgeon.  THAT'S THE POINT OF THE QUESTION.

Also, HR people network together.  Pull a tard stunt like that and you'll be talked about over drinks and will find it very difficult to get an interview anywhere.  And you'll never know why.
 
2013-02-15 01:34:28 PM  

vento: Question for the HR people in this thread:


So you were .. the ONLY applicant? Or do you believe that how you feel is way more important than what some busy HR drone has going on? Don't you realize that the process you (and your "friends") just experienced is geared toward people who are employed? Nobody like desperate. Sell it somewhere else.
 
2013-02-15 01:36:13 PM  
At first I thought the 30% figure was insanely high, but it might make sense that people over the age of...35 or maybe even just 30+ could sway the number higher. By that age, I'd imagine you're almost entirely over the basic bar/club/nightlife scene and your options for meeting potential partners starts to whittle down a bit.

I had one office romance at my first job out of college and it ended spectacularly poorly (thankfully most of the awkwardness wasn't really played out AT work in front of everyone else, but still...) so I haven't fished off the company pier since.
 
2013-02-15 01:36:57 PM  

Molavian: farkerofDOOM: Molavian: Mugato: Fark HR. Collection of useless coonts. There's nothing useful or good in what they do. Even the name, "Human Resources". It sounds like a designation the alien lizard people would give themselves as they invade.

You're at work in some cases more than half your waking day. Of course there are going to be hookups. If the hookup or the ensuing breakup affects their job then go after their job performance but stay out of people's personal life HR, and go back to asking applicants if they could be a tree, what type would it be and why.

I'd also like to add a hearty "F*CK HR" to your sentiment.  They need to go back to being personnel administrators, and just tell me what my benefits are when I call them up.  Vapid cows, the lot of them.

2/10

/Not a vapid cow

I'm not trolling.  I despise HR drones.  I especially love it when they butt their noses into IT interviewing.  You can't imagine the retards they want to hire based on "corporate values" and the like.  How about you start worrying about "people who can actually do the f*cking job", instead?


During a bout of unemployment I went and sent a letter to a call center which handles IT issues. It would be easy enough since I have some experience in explaining to people that it usually helps if the screen is plugged in (and I lost my faith in humanity years before that).

I got this question: how would you explain what an IP address is to an elderly woman who called with internet problems? My answer was a ver honest "I wouldn't, I'd just point them to the right screen and tell them what it should say." After that I had to explain to someone from some small island what a bus/bus stop was. But somehow I should't assume they have ox carts (no cars and no carts?). In the end I didn't get the job because I was over qualified.

/just tell me that at the start and don't waste my time.
 
2013-02-15 01:40:24 PM  

the money is in the banana stand: It always amazes me how people have such a strong reaction to this like "Wow I could never work with my SO!." Which is basically saying either she is a biatch, or you are an overbearing controlling douche.


Or perhaps, spending every waking moment with your significant other doesn't appeal to some folks. Doesn't mean you don't love them.

Or possibly, the "significant other" in question is not at all suited to the job. If my girl is 5' 4", 110 lbs, and I work on an oil rig, perhaps I'd prefer a co-worker who could perform the duties of the job.
 
2013-02-15 01:42:35 PM  

belome: I'm 41 and banging a hot 24 year old redhead from work... oops.


cdn.hark.com

Dude....teach us...
 
2013-02-15 01:44:25 PM  

the money is in the banana stand: gingerjet: Hebalo: 1) Interviewed a while back with a software company, and the HR "manager" was clearly someone's hot bimbo gf/wife. Whenever the subject of salary came up, they fell back to "CULTURE!!!!" "We send the girls over to Costco every friday, there's smoothies in the break room!!!!!! Some employees eat all their meals here!".

My favorite are the recruiters who are 22 years old with a newly minted college degree who are trying to evaluate my resume with 20 years of experience on it.  I was once contacted by such a guy from a major retailer (*cough* Best Buy *cough*) who went on about how I was a perfect fit and how awesome the place was.   After 25 minutes he asked me where I got my degree.  When I informed him I didn't have one and he told me he couldn't pass me on without a degree.  I told him have a nice day.  Three years later I get a cold call from that exact same retailer asking me to come in for an interview for a job I was a perfect fit for (and this time they didn't care about the degree).  I informed them they had their chance three years ago and a nice gentlemen by the name of Kyle blew any chances of considering your company for employment.  Oh and have a nice day.

/idiots

Uh, large corporate work environments almost all have glass ceiling based on your degree or lack thereof. Some of it is idiotic, and some of it is idiotic so if they promote/lay someone off they have it as an excuse.


Glass ceiling - yes. It's ridiculous to not even consider the person for the position and quite frankly very stupid. You're passing up an opportunity to lowball someone while you try them out. Also, the non-degreed tend to pass along credit for their work because of managers delegating tasks. That's the shaft non-degreed individuals get, but sometimes they are ten times as valuable as a degreed individual. You're stupid to ignore them, especially the skilled ones.
 
2013-02-15 01:46:23 PM  
A few years ago, I consulted for a large-ish company that was having problems recruiting and retaining appropriate candidates for highly-skilled, technical positions. I spent time looking at how involved Human Resources was with their hiring process.

Their HR department, in addition to screening via resume, was given its own telephone and in-person interview with the candidate. They would ask soft and squishy fit questions like "Tell me about a time you had a conflict with a co-worker" or "What's the last book you read and what did it mean to you?" or "What does our corporate value statement mean to you?"

 Candidates who did not pass these interviews could not continue in the selection process

We ended up removing Human Resources from most of the hiring process. Their streamlined HR department handled basic background checks, employment history, and reference checks, along with the usual vetting of employment advertisement/postings to make sure that the company didn't run afoul of any legal issues in recruitment and selection.

HR no longer had anything to do with the actual interview process. Their general counsel recommended that an HR rep be present at the interview, but HR was no longer allowed to actively participate in the interview itself.

HR complained mightily about being marginalized, but over three years on the company has improved its one year and three year retention rates significantly. It turns out that departments were better able to figure out both who would be a better fit and who had either the appropriate skill set or best potential to acquire the necessary skills on the job.

Human resources is very good at some very rudimentary things during the hiring process, but for this particular client I found that minimizing HR's role in hiring process led to better results.

/Got a fat bonus for all the money I saved them
//HR departments are the first thing I look at when a client tells me they're having issues with employee retention
///Going to need you to come in on Saturday
 
2013-02-15 01:49:02 PM  
Dated someone I worked with, once. A year after we broke up, she left, then immediately sued me and my company for harassment, hostile workplace, etc., with the aid of a family friend who just happened to be a shyster & was willing to work for half of whatever settlement they could get from our insurance company.

Complete BS, her word against mine & everyone else in the company, but an insurer will pay first & investigate later, and lawyers know it.

So yeah, never again, under any circumstance.
 
2013-02-15 01:51:31 PM  

special20: vento: Question for the HR people in this thread:

So you were .. the ONLY applicant? Or do you believe that how you feel is way more important than what some busy HR drone has going on? Don't you realize that the process you (and your "friends") just experienced is geared toward people who are employed? Nobody like desperate. Sell it somewhere else.


No, not the only applicant.  Contacting a potential employer twice in almost three weeks after an interview is desperate?  If so, it just goes to prove how you have no concept of reality and the needs of others.  And my personal experiences are from the 90s.  I've been very well employed at the same place for quite a while.  The only recent knowledge I have is from friends who are currently interviewing.

Point blank, applicants should be given the same courtesy as clients rather than being viewed as a pain.  If I ignore client requests for information - even the simple requests and the questions that I may think are stupid - for more than a day or two, guess what that client will eventually do?
 
2013-02-15 01:55:39 PM  

vento: Point blank, applicants should be given the same courtesy as clients rather than being viewed as a pain.  If I ignore client requests for information - even the simple requests and the questions that I may think are stupid - for more than a day or two, guess what that client will eventually do?


Fix the cable?
 
2013-02-15 01:56:46 PM  
Mr_Fabulous: It took all the discipline I could muster to keep from answering "Pimp Kingpin" or "Evil Genius". Because, without doubt, that's what my mutherfarking business card would have said. And it would have been awesome.

I had the same thing happen.  I went with "special projects".  Because some stuff is special, and some stuff is "special".
 
2013-02-15 01:57:00 PM  

ObscureNameHere: farm machine: Car_Ramrod: When I lived in SF, I accidentally slept with a co-worker during a staff retreat.

How does one accidentally sleep with a co-worker?  I have a number of cows where I work and I'd truly like to avoid having that occur.

Good question.

"Hey could go see Carol and get those TPS reports?"
"Sure!"
*walk into office*
"Hi Caro--- whoa! *trip over box, pants fall off, erection ensues, Carol is not wearing panties and is bent over desk*
*fleshy impact noise*
"Aaaah!" *sploorch*
"umm.. so... umm *zip up* do you have any TPS reports?"


Congratulations! You're now farkied in a lovely shade of pink as *fleshy impact noise*
 
2013-02-15 01:59:07 PM  

Mugato: Fark HR. Collection of useless coonts. There's nothing useful or good in what they do


*schedules Mugato for mandatory sensitivity seminar*
 
2013-02-15 01:59:35 PM  
vento:(intentional caps lock)  WHY IS IT SO FRIGGIN' DIFFICULT FOR HR TO MAKE A PHONE CALL?  Even if it's just to say, "Hey, we don't have any information yet.  Just hold tight."  The one thing HR-folk need to realize is that you make your company look like shiat by not communicating.  You interviewed me, and if I said that communication wasn't a strong point, would you hire me?  Yet, from my experience on both sides (employed and trying to gain employment), anyone in the HR department sucks at getting back to you in any useable amount of time.

You're making the mistake that the people in HR give a shiat about you.  Their goal is to fill the position with the best candidate, not make friends.

Don't get me wrong, I agree with you.  When I interview people (I'm not in HR, I don't use HR to hire people) I always make sure to tell them what day I will be making the decision and when they will hear back from me by and I do just that.  Granted, I tell everyone I'll make the decision Friday and really I make the decision Wednesday, in case my top choice turns me down.  But that way no one is left hanging.
 
2013-02-15 02:00:23 PM  

dopekitty74: ObscureNameHere: farm machine: Car_Ramrod: When I lived in SF, I accidentally slept with a co-worker during a staff retreat.

How does one accidentally sleep with a co-worker?  I have a number of cows where I work and I'd truly like to avoid having that occur.

Good question.

"Hey could go see Carol and get those TPS reports?"
"Sure!"
*walk into office*
"Hi Caro--- whoa! *trip over box, pants fall off, erection ensues, Carol is not wearing panties and is bent over desk*
*fleshy impact noise*
"Aaaah!" *sploorch*
"umm.. so... umm *zip up* do you have any TPS reports?"

Congratulations! You're now farkied in a lovely shade of pink as *fleshy impact noise*


I'm hoping for pictures of Carol.
 
2013-02-15 02:00:44 PM  
Was smitten with a co-worker first time I saw her. Super hot. As I got to know her she was nice and smart too. I was married at the time, she was engaged. I later divorced and she broke up with her fiance. We've been together for 11 years, married for 3. Though she left the company a few years ago.

The only awkward thing was listening to my friends walk back the "Wow, she's hot and I want to bang her" comments when they found out we were dating.
 
2013-02-15 02:01:43 PM  
My CSB:

A few years ago I was a reservist and knew that in about 6 months I was to begin pre-deployment training for a tour in Afghanistan.  Company I worked for was all supportive and stuff but they wouldn't (couldn't) fire me.
You see, I really wanted to get fired so I could draw unemployment for a while and relax before embarking on my year of living dangerously.

I tried everything "legal" I could think of to get fired.  Nothing worked.  Finally I figured I would try sexual harassment.

Bad news: still didn't get fired.
Good news:  scored with 3 different women in the finance dep't

</ end CSB>

/ didn't go back there when I returned home
 
2013-02-15 02:01:52 PM  
CSB...

I got my current position because the guy who held the job before me couldn't keep his dick in his pants. Before he got the position, he was nailing a lot of the hot chicks at our offices. Which was fine, when they were co-workers on equal footing. When he got promoted to the corporate office, the boss made him sign a non-fraternization agrteement (stating that he would not fraternize with female staffers). He continued dating them anyway. When the CEO found out that her assistant was not only dating a female staffer, but that he was aware that she was an illegal alien, who used someone else's ID to get the job, she fired him. Since I've never dipped my pen in the company inkwell, Kim didn't feel the need to make me sign a non-fraternization agreement. The company was sold a few years ago, and Kim isn't even here anymore. I guess that means I'm free to bang the hottie in our Legal Department, right?
 
2013-02-15 02:03:16 PM  

pdieten: If you can't get past the HR screening interview, maybe you should try not rubbing everyone the wrong way. That way you'll get past the screening interview and get to talk to the hiring manager.


The problem too often is that HR doesn't understand what they should be looking for.  My track record at getting past HR departments:  0%.  My track record at being hired when I didn't have to deal with HR:  Only once was I not hired and in that case I have a strong suspicion nobody was hired.

A 150 comments and nobody noticed this one:

A survey byCareer Builder found that 30per cent of colleagues who dated ended their relationship with a trip down the wedding aisle.

The relationship *ENDED* with marriage?  That reporter sure has a negative view of marriage!
 
2013-02-15 02:03:35 PM  
I get hit on constantly at work, to the points where I just ignore some girls now.
 
2013-02-15 02:04:10 PM  

Loren: The relationship *ENDED* with marriage?  That reporter sure has a negative view of marriage!


How do I know you've never been married?
 
2013-02-15 02:06:50 PM  

Loren: A 150 comments and nobody noticed this one:

A survey byCareer Builder found that 30per cent of colleagues who dated ended their relationship with a trip down the wedding aisle.

The relationship *ENDED* with marriage?  That reporter sure has a negative view of marriage!


Didn't read the whole thread, did ya? It IS mentioned upthread.
 
2013-02-15 02:07:45 PM  

kmac: My CSB:

A few years ago I was a reservist and knew that in about 6 months I was to begin pre-deployment training for a tour in Afghanistan.  Company I worked for was all supportive and stuff but they wouldn't (couldn't) fire me.
You see, I really wanted to get fired so I could draw unemployment for a while and relax before embarking on my year of living dangerously.

I tried everything "legal" I could think of to get fired.  Nothing worked.  Finally I figured I would try sexual harassment.

Bad news: still didn't get fired.
Good news:  scored with 3 different women in the finance dep't

</ end CSB>

/ didn't go back there when I returned home


If you are fired, your former employer could take steps to deny you unemployment. I don't think you thought your cunning plan through.


/glad it worked out for you
 
2013-02-15 02:11:09 PM  
All a chef needs to know is how to give a good foot massage.
 
2013-02-15 02:13:51 PM  
our HR gal read 50 shades of crap and started asking me questions
I enjoy after work activities so I answered them
the day came when she was at the house for a scene
she was scared of my dog-bad sign
then told me she had herpes
then found out her bra was full of fried eggs
then the body hair
scared of electricity, scared of sensation play,
in love with spanking so I had to be close up
I had to throw away some rope and try to scrape my mind clean afterwards
Still friendly, but avoided having another scene with her until she got a boyfriend
oh thank the gods
 
2013-02-15 02:16:12 PM  

special20: Molavian: I'm not trolling.  I despise HR drones.  I especially love it when they butt their noses into IT interviewing.  You can't imagine the retards they want to hire based on "corporate values" and the like.  How about you start worrying about "people who can actually do the f*cking job", instead?

It's funny how the IT guys are always so butthurt about everyone else.


They tend  to have inflated opinions of their competence and excessive expectations of everyone, including themselves.  Also, binary thinking.
 
2013-02-15 02:16:16 PM  

kmac: My CSB:

A few years ago I was a reservist and knew that in about 6 months I was to begin pre-deployment training for a tour in Afghanistan.  Company I worked for was all supportive and stuff but they wouldn't (couldn't) fire me.
You see, I really wanted to get fired so I could draw unemployment for a while and relax before embarking on my year of living dangerously.

I tried everything "legal" I could think of to get fired.  Nothing worked.  Finally I figured I would try sexual harassment.

Bad news: still didn't get fired.
Good news:  scored with 3 different women in the finance dep't

</ end CSB>

/ didn't go back there when I returned home


You were a reservist preparing for active deployment, no way you were going to get fired.  Reservist gets fired and mentions it's because of his duties and the Feds would be on that company like white on rice.  Even if not true that company would spend tons in legal and HR getting shiat done.

Try it during peace time and they'd be a lot more inclined to fire you.
 
2013-02-15 02:18:53 PM  

MyToeHurts: The best thing about office romances is having sex at work.
Its best when she or he, is into risky sex. Like having sex on the conference table in the execs boardroom. Or behind the server racks.


That's not beer spilled on those servers...
 
2013-02-15 02:19:00 PM  
My office has about 120 employees, is like 70 - 80% women, and of the 30% of guys, maybe 10% of us are heterosexual. The president is an older woman, and most of the VPs as well, so they like hiring women and all that jazz. Hell we have a breastfeeding room on one of our floors.

Few of the younger women are married, but most of them have boyfriends or girlfriends.
 
2013-02-15 02:19:17 PM  

Mr_Fabulous: Me: Hi. I need to know my actual job title. It's for my business card.

HR: OK, let me look that up. (long pause) Huh. Let me get back to you.

(20 minutes later, the junior assistant to the HR rep calls me)

Me: Hi. Is this about my job title?

HR asst: Yes! How did you know?!

Me: Lucky guess. So...?

HR asst: So...?

Me: Wait, are you asking ME what my job title is?

HR asst.: Uh-huh.

In a flash, I could see what had happened. I asked the rep, and she didn't know. So she delegated the task of finding out to her underling... who did the obvious and logic thing. She called me to ask me.

It took all the discipline I could muster to keep from answering "Pimp Kingpin" or "Evil Genius". Because, without doubt, that's what my mutherfarking business card would have said. And it would have been awesome.


"Vice President of Nothing Much" would have been awesome and appropriate.
 
2013-02-15 02:22:08 PM  
I'm in my mid-40's and one of the youngest in my office....and they're all women....hubby has nothing to worry about.
 
2013-02-15 02:25:27 PM  
I used to work for an IT consulting company.  Now I work IT for a PR company.  Oh the difference in scenery.
 
2013-02-15 02:26:18 PM  

The Book Was Better: I'm in my mid-40's and one of the youngest in my office....and they're all women....hubby has nothing to worry about.


My wife works for her dad, and with my sister.   There is absolutely nothing to worry about.
 
2013-02-15 02:27:44 PM  
I used to work at a place where HR constantly warned against inter-office romances when the biggest romances were going on in HR!  The HR Manager was a single guy in his 50's and began getting pursued by an average looking HR admin, the manager began paying her attention when she decided she liked this younger guy who was just hired in another area.  The younger guy does not pay her attention, she decides it's because her manager is her boyfriend and she files a harrassment suit which wound up with the Manager getting fired and her getting a promotion.  Since she is now single and in a power of position she begins actively pursuing the new guy who does not really like her, the guy does not return her affections and she begins finding all sorts of problems in his department and making life hell for him.  He files a complaint and they boot her up to a higher position at the corporate division.

Moral of the story?  While at work, keep it in your pants guys because you can't win!
 
2013-02-15 02:28:36 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: Mr_Fabulous: Me: Hi. I need to know my actual job title. It's for my business card.

HR: OK, let me look that up. (long pause) Huh. Let me get back to you.

(20 minutes later, the junior assistant to the HR rep calls me)

Me: Hi. Is this about my job title?

HR asst: Yes! How did you know?!

Me: Lucky guess. So...?

HR asst: So...?

Me: Wait, are you asking ME what my job title is?

HR asst.: Uh-huh.

In a flash, I could see what had happened. I asked the rep, and she didn't know. So she delegated the task of finding out to her underling... who did the obvious and logic thing. She called me to ask me.

It took all the discipline I could muster to keep from answering "Pimp Kingpin" or "Evil Genius". Because, without doubt, that's what my mutherfarking business card would have said. And it would have been awesome.

"Vice President of Nothing Much" would have been awesome and appropriate.


"Not Sure"
 
2013-02-15 02:30:01 PM  
There is one guy, he is always offering to help me with anything, including carrying empty boxes. I assure him that I am perfectly capable of handling empty boxes but thank you anyway. And I sometimes catch him staring at me from a distance. Gosh I hope he's close to retirement.
 
2013-02-15 02:30:10 PM  

Shocktopus: WhippingBoy: Forbidden Doughnut: "What can you contribute to a culture of diversity and tolerance?"

That would have been it for me. I would have deliberately said the most politically incorrect thing I could think of, got up, and left.

And the HR filter would have proven it's worth right there. If you tantrum like a child when someone asks an annoying question in an interview where you are presumably on your best behavior, how are you going to act day-to-day on the job?

Better answer: "Well, it sounds corny, but what I can contribute is in fact the tolerance you're asking about. I don't care who someone is or what they look like. If they know their stuff and can do their job, that's the person I want to work with. Anything else doesn't really matter to me."


But that answer indicates you're willing to tolerate intolerance.  So bye.
 
2013-02-15 02:34:00 PM  
The only people more useless than HR departments are the self important IT monkeys.
 
2013-02-15 02:35:50 PM  

Loren: pdieten: If you can't get past the HR screening interview, maybe you should try not rubbing everyone the wrong way. That way you'll get past the screening interview and get to talk to the hiring manager.

The problem too often is that HR doesn't understand what they should be looking for.  My track record at getting past HR departments:  0%.  My track record at being hired when I didn't have to deal with HR:  Only once was I not hired and in that case I have a strong suspicion nobody was hired.


Companies use HR to screen applicants when they have no idea whom to hire and don't want to sift through 150 resumes from morons. If you're talking with the hiring manager directly you're already a step ahead of the game. It's much easier to get hired once you're talking to the guy who makes the decisions. This is why people in the employment business recommend you have a network of contacts who are or have relationships with hiring managers. It makes the job search easier. But a lot of people don't have that, and of course it's certainly possible to get hired while going through HR - it's just an extra step and it takes longer. But if you don't have contacts and you can't make a good impression with HR people, you'd better figure out how to do one or the other if you ever want to find a job.
 
2013-02-15 02:37:46 PM  

The Book Was Better: I'm in my mid-40's and one of the youngest in my office....and they're all women....hubby has nothing to worry about.


What branch of the Canadian government do you work for?
 
2013-02-15 02:39:47 PM  

Girion47: The Book Was Better: I'm in my mid-40's and one of the youngest in my office....and they're all women....hubby has nothing to worry about.

My wife works for her dad, and with my sister.   There is absolutely nothing to worry about.


Dude, you live in Kentucky.
 
2013-02-15 02:39:51 PM  
I've dated two co-workers (an officer and a patrol supervisor) and both break ups didn't impact our work at all. I mean I can be a dick but not enough to not send someone backup because they didn't reply to my text fast enough. That's just idiotic.

Also there's nothing forbidding relationships either.

I can say I have seen some spectacular relationship implosions in my time there though. I had no idea one could obtain a restraining order against someone you work with. Oh thee stories I have....
 
2013-02-15 02:42:04 PM  

lc6529: Moral of the story? While at work, keep it in your pants guys because you can't win!


I am willing to bet guys "win" these situations a lot more often then they don't.  It's just more spectacular when they get hosed like that
 
2013-02-15 02:45:51 PM  

Molavian: Girion47: The Book Was Better: I'm in my mid-40's and one of the youngest in my office....and they're all women....hubby has nothing to worry about.

My wife works for her dad, and with my sister.   There is absolutely nothing to worry about.

Dude, you live in Kentucky.


In Louisville, we don't count, and the rest of the state doesn't count us.
 
2013-02-15 02:50:00 PM  

WhippingBoy: The Book Was Better: I'm in my mid-40's and one of the youngest in my office....and they're all women....hubby has nothing to worry about.

What branch of the Canadian government do you work for?


Not quite, public school system but very far south from Canada. Good guess though!
 
2013-02-15 02:51:36 PM  

gerbilpox: Hebalo: Me: (in my head) Well, asshole, you made me answer your stupid question, then called me on the answer. I'm definitely rethinking even being here.

I really wished I had more guts, and went in to tank mode. When they ask a question I don't like, I look at buddy and snap "Terrible question". (point at other person) "Your turn, GO!"

Same experience here. I'm too broke (and wimpy) to do it, but I am so tempted to go to an interview fully intending to blow it, just so I get the chance to tell them off about the BS (and there almost always is some).


This one time I interviewed for a job that I wasn't even sure I wanted. (temp job, packing/shipping gift items with ppl's pictures on them for a large multinational department store chain i won't name, but "people" go there) went in jeans, combats, had a mohawk at the time. Answered their questions non-chalantly and got the job. About a month later (it was just a two week position) went in similar fashion to an interview at a call center, also got the job, and stayed there til the place shut down and got a nice severance pay. The key is not to seem like you "NEED" the job.
 
2013-02-15 02:52:28 PM  
Why bother having sex with coworkers when you can duck the afternoon staff meeting and go and bone the boss' wife?
 
2013-02-15 03:00:12 PM  
CSS:

One workplace romance experience taught me to beware of other people's expectations you may not anticipate. I knew a woman who was visibly floored when I told her off the cuff that I was dating one of her coworkers (they worked in a different department from me).  She also started grilling me somewhat about us.  Odd reaction that tripped my "watch your back" alarm.  I learned from a friend that she had been greatly hoping that said coworker would sweep her off her feet and out of a troubled relationship she had with her much older deadbeat boyfriend who she had been living with.  She never told the coworker she was interested then, and that she had even spurned an offer for a date from him over a year earlier when she first started working there.  And here I came along and inadvertently shattered her hopes.  And yeah, after I told her, and while we were out for drinks one evening, she would try to sit between me and my date and was unusually interested in anything he had to say.  He handled her politely, but he was quite over her and did not care at all for her attention.  Despite her shady behavior I ended up feeling pretty bad for her.  It was like watching a neglected dog try to hump his leg.

/my date at one point without a word abruptly got up to sit on the opposite side of me to get away from her
//we both quit the company soon after and never invited her out again
 
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