Dating in the workplace

However, employers may have another opinion on the matter. What Are the Potential Pitfalls of Employee Romances?

Many employers see the idea of employees dating one another as potentially threatening productivity or even opening up too much liability for the employer. First, let’s look at some of the most common reasons employers may desire to curb employees’ desire for one another.

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Have a break-up contingency plan It's always important to have a thought out plan if things don't work out.

As weird as it may seem, it’s super helpful to discuss what you'll do if and when things don’t work out. Make out in the elevator Secretly making out in the elevator at work and then stopping the second you get to your floor is a fantasy everyone has, and you have the opportunity to make it happen. Your career comes first Anything that might make you look unprofessional should be avoided at all costs, so don’t engage in PDA, don’t let your relationship become the center of office gossip, etc.10.

Once it's a relationship, go public ASAPIf you and a coworker actually start dating, and plan on being a couple for a while, stop keeping it a secret.

Tell your bosses/HR Representatives/whoever needs to know, and assure them that you’ll continue to keep your work life as professional as possible.7.

It will result in an awkward situation for both of you and could bring upon sexual harassment claims. Be wary of keeping it 'secret'You might think you’re keeping your relationship completely secret, but there’s no real way to ensure this.

Keep this in mind if having an affair in your office could be a 'fireable' offense.6.Don't treat work as extended quality time It’s important to keep your at-work relationship as professional as possible: unless you’re at lunch or in a group setting, try to limit the non-work related small talk to after hours.2. Don't go to lunch together every day There are always many eyes at lunch.Send flirty text messages to each other Communicating via email can be risky, so resort to texting each other. Think of it as a watering hole in the African Savannah.For example, if an employer’s policy dictates that one of the partners must leave the organization if a relationship is discovered, it cannot always be the woman who is forced to leave. About Bridget Miller: Bridget Miller is a business consultant with a specialized MBA in International Economics and Management, which provides a unique perspective on business challenges.She’s been working in the corporate world for over 15 years, with experience across multiple diverse departments including HR, sales, marketing, IT, commercial development, and training. Will you be peering around corners to make sure your former love isn't in the hall and avoiding the company picnic for fear your ex will flaunt a new love interest? Before you throw your next promotion to the wind, here are five reasons dating your coworker might not be such a good idea. Reality Unfortunately, this is not a tale by the Brothers Grimm, so you can't count on a happy ending.

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