We met at a game company in 2005, and for more than a year were just coworkers. Then, despite the risks and "what ifs," we started dating. Now, we're about to hit our second wedding anniversary. We still work together -- helping create social games at Zynga -- and over the years have found that being coworkers not only strengthens our relationship but makes us better at our jobs. Dating someone you work with has its challenges, but -- assuming your workplace allows it -- we think it can be a great idea. Here's why:
1. Your shared passion at work can blossom into something bigger
Your ideal job is probably one that you're deeply passionate about. When someone else shares that feeling, it can provide a common ground that leads to a romantic relationship.
2. Work gives you insight into how people deal with failure and success
Many couples say that it was only when they first traveled together, moved in together or hit a major life challenge that they saw how their partner dealt with adversity. When you work with someone, you have a window into how they handle daily challenges. From little hiccups to full-scale office pandemonium, you get a sense of whether someone is the calm in the storm or a part of the madness.
3. Your coworkers have already been "interviewed"
Have you ever wished that someone else could go on blind dates for you and screen out the crazies? Well, consider your dreams a reality! After all, if a coworker made the cut with HR you know they've been thoroughly vetted.
4. You'll have better odds than at your local bar
Hitting up happy hour or spending your night on an online dating site isn't always the easiest way to meet new people. At the end of the day, you want someone who is just as interesting around a conference room table as they are in a dimly lit dive bar. Instead of having 15 minutes to get to know someone over a cocktail, you can take your time. At work, your relationships develop over the course of months or years, the culmination of hundreds of interactions. Who knows -- you could be walking to coffee every morning with your future spouse.
5. Your coworkers get you (most of the time)
Whether you've had the best day ever or one you'd rather forget, there's no explanation needed post-work. Coworkers speak your language. They can instantly relate and either cheer you on or commiserate.
6. There's no longer a reason to have a "work spouse"
It's finally okay to have an office crush!
7. Even in a competitive industry, you'll always have an ally
Not everyone will tell you if you're doing something wrong, or if you should stick to your guns despite contrary opinions. Your partner knows your strengths and weaknesses and can help provide honest feedback and guidance.
8. You'll always have a bright spot at work
Even at your dream job, you'll have off days. Don't underestimate how great it is to have someone you're dating or crushing on just a few doors away.
9. You can expand your dating horizons
Many companies are home to a variety of departments -- finance, marketing, HR, engineering, etc. At Zynga, we work with an incredibly diverse group of people, and their different backgrounds and life experiences make it a better place to work. Look around: your workplace is full of people you might never discover in your typical dating routine.
10. You're guaranteed to go home with a coworker after the holiday party