Talk about awkward.
Of all of the complications of an intra-office romance, the last one that I expected was this. I should have known better. This was not just any intra-office romance, this was an ad agency intra-office romance. Layoffs are a way of life at ad agencies, especially when the economy falters as ours has. I should have known better.
The relationship, which was already strained, did not recover. The emotional hardship of being laid off is difficult enough, but to be dating and have to see and talk to a person still employed at the agency that laid you off (and to have your social life centered there, as so many ad people’s is)…well, that can get to be a lot. For anyone.
And it did.
Although the worst part was the senior partner walking up to me to apologize profusely for not telling me first, being more sensitive, etc.
What was I supposed to say?
So I just let it happen and wished that the whole situation would go away. And not just because the relationship was on the rocks, but because the relationship should never have been a concern of the senior partner to begin with.
It was a bad situation. And with that, I learned my lesson: no more intra-office relationships, no matter how pretty the AE.