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Are You in Love with the Office Delivery Guy?

Last week’s cartoon was part of Love Month in Psych Central, and focused on women who make more than their mates. Enjoy the power shift, ladies.

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We’re now into March, but I’m still thinking love.

For a time, I used to worry that I would fall for, and end up with, a box boy at Ralph’s. (Or, any box boy, at any supermarket chain.) This caused me some anxiety. What would we talk about?

Others have a fear of falling in love in the workplace. I drew this cartoon thinking of a couple (whose initials, coincidentally, were C.S, and J. C.) who worked on a studio lot. She was a lawyer, he was a producer. Surprisingly, movie and TV studios present themselves as liberal bastions, but they’re very conservative in the office arena and policies, so they kept it on the down-low.

That couple didn’t end up together, but I know of a couple in the accounting department of another motion picture studio who act at work as if they have never met, but who secretly got engaged over a year ago!

Careercast has a short list of famous people who met at work. The actors didn’t last long, but those in traditional jobs are still together.

Careerbuilder took a recent survey of over 3000 people, and came up with some surprising numbers:

37 percent of workers have dated a co-worker, and 30 percent of those office romances have led to marriage.

They also listed some office romance dealbreakers. 25% of responders said they wouldn’t date someone who “has already dated someone else at work”.  Used goods?

What tips do you have for dating co-workers? Any success stories?

Meanwhile, smile at the coffee boy or lunch lady. You never know where love will bloom.

Next up: one of the first steps after true love: My first condom cartoon for Psychcentral.




Are You in Love with the Office Delivery Guy?

Donna Barstow

Cartoonist for LA Times, Parade, WSJ, Glamour, PsychCentral, Barron's, Weight Watchers, and textbooks & Chicken Soup books. Author and editor of 2 cartoon books and a Barnes & Noble calendar.

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