How Do You Handle an Office Romance in the Post-MeToo World?

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How Do You Handle an Office Romance in the Post-MeToo World?

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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tirring her coffee slowly, the shy girl from accounting anxiously awaits the new senior guy from sales at the office pantry, like she does every day at 4pm. This is the one time they are certain to “bump” into each other, apart from when he hands her bills to reimburse, or she calls him to check on the tax calculations. When the sales guy finally arrives, he indulges in some coffee-stirring of his own. They talk about work and deadlines and Netflix shows; music gigs and life, all during their tiny ten-minute window before they get back to their desks. This is their routine for some time now.

Underneath the stolen glances and small talk, however, is a silent desire to be more than just co-workers. They get along so well, like Jim and Pam from The Office, like some modern-day version of Romeo and Juliet, she thinks. But this is no Shakespearean fantasy. This is the real world, with complex workplace boundaries to navigate and careers at stake. More importantly this is a post-MeToo world.

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