There are always plenty of opportunities for romance at the workplace, but J-Cast cautions that you ought to be careful because they seldom pass by unnoticed by your colleagues.
Naver Matome, an information website, solicited stories of corporate romance from readers and asked them to recount what they observed during work hours. From the over 30 posts submitted by readers, it becomes clear that there is a lot of action going on inside the office...and most of it visible to coworkers.
In one account, a man and a woman fight at a corporate meeting over something business related. Before long, coworkers spotted the two making up in a passionate embrace in another meeting room. Another couple was seen holding hands in a crowded elevator, as well as during business meetings.
One post that was embarrassing for both the couple and their coworkers was a case when a female coworker sent a private message to her significant other at work, but instead mistakenly sent it to the entire company. In it, she wrote: "Sweetheart, good work today! You must be dead tired. What shall we do for dinner tonight?” That email, though tame, became an unforgettable moment in the couple’s relationship. It may also have taught the woman to double check her messages before sending.
Other ways to find out whether your colleagues might have something going on behind the scenes is to listen to the way they address each other, J-Cast suggests. Addressing someone by their first name or adding the diminutive expressions "chan" or "kun" is unusual for Japanese companies, and may indicate intimacy. Taking the same days off, both arriving together late for work, or having the same packed lunch may also be a sign of a corporate romance. And if they both call in sick on the same day, well, that's going to have the gossip flying.
So if you are contemplating an office romance and hope to keep it a secret, remember what English poet George Herbert wrote back in 1651: “Love, and a cough, cannot be hid.”© Japan Today