It's your first day at the office and chances are you're shy and you just want to make it through the honeymoon period. Of course, naturally, there might be an attractive girl who catches your eye and you're curious to find out more about her. That being said, you promise yourself you won't act on it because it's not appropriate in the work place.
One month later, a few exchanges and you can't get her out of your head. Science knows why.
According to research conducted by UK job search site,Totaljobs, 22 per cent of people meet their actual partner at work and there's a good reason for it: your whole life revolves around work.
The survey also revealed that two out of three people would be willing to date a colleague while the other third didn't want mix business with pleasure.
Seventy-six per cent would keep office romance a secret if it ever eventuated.
"Most adults spend a minimum of 1,680 hours per year in the office, so you are likely to spend more time with your coworkers than almost anyone else," says David Brudö, CEO and cofounder of the mental well-being app Remente speaking to the independent. "While you do not have a say in who your coworkers are, chances are that you will have common interests."
"There is a long-standing rule that you should not date your coworker," adds Brudö. "The reasons are many: you risk losing your job, becoming uncomfortable at work, or creating office drama that could hurt your professional reputation.
"Knowing that, if the relationship does not work out, it could lead to rather tarnishing consequences and can take an emotional toll on both you and the coworker you were dating.
"A coworker can easily start to feel like the most important person in your life, romantically or otherwise," said Brudö. "It is important to recognise, however, the difference between feeling a certain closeness to someone because of the situation you are in (working together), and actually falling in love."