Employment can be related to dating or being in a relationship; both parties need to have something in common to start the engagement. The other key factor is the intention or goal of starting the courtship. As time lapses, what happens as the dating continues? Much like being in a relationship, the dating could end abruptly before it gets serious because it was immediately realized that this was a misfit.
The second possibility results in the two parties entering in a vested work relationship that leads to eventual retirement. The most difficult of possibilities is when there is a misalignment in the work relationship that leads to conflict.