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Common ground is a necessary starting point for any relationship. So, why go to a bar to meet a potential mate? Instead, search for love in a more familiar place: your office. An office works like a community where people know each other well. Individuals also act and look most like themselves in the office. Stephanie Losee and Helaine Olen, who met their spouses at work, express their enthusiasm for finding love there. They guide hard-working singles through the low-lit halls of the office to find love among the cubicles and conference rooms. getAbstract recommends their warm and practical approach, and praises the care they’ve taken with sexual harassment issues.

About the Authors

Stephanie Losee has written for Fortune and San Francisco Chronicle Magazine. Helaine Olen has written for Wall Street Journal, Variety, and The Washington Post. Both authors met their spouses at work.



“The Modern-Day Village”

More than 100 years ago, people met their partners through their village communities. They knew enough about their neighbors to make good matches. Today, with many working weeks topping 50 hours, employees have little time for socializing outside the workplace, so the office has now come to represent that close-knit village.

The office environment contains none of the pressures that accompany blind dates or speed dating. Employees can afford the time to get to know each other. So, if they date and it doesn't work out, what do they do? The same thing that happened more than a century ago when the villagers broke it off – they moved on, but without choosing to move to other towns to avoid each other.

Internet dating services work fine for many people, but they miss something by relying only on facts. Two “opposites” may never consider dating if they come across each other's profiles on a dating site, yet one of the authors of the book remains happily married to her opposite. Besides, the Internet opens the door for fibbing about height, weight and looks.

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