Asking Them Out Maintaining Professionalism Maintaining Your Relationship Community Q&A Dating can be hard, but it can be all the more difficult if you are interested in a coworker.
Having to worry about company policy, your peers and your supervisor can really put a damper on a romantic connection.
Dating a coworker or boss or colleague can lead to unbearable awkwardness, a tarnished professional reputation, and even job-loss. For as long as there have been workplaces, there have been people surreptitiously hooking up at them.
If you’re considering hooking up with someone you work with (even if “considering” = creepily staring at from across the room, completely unbeknownst to that person), I strongly advise you read these tips first. One of the great injustices of society is that most of us are expected to show up someplace 5 days a week and perform a task in exchange for money.
Now you're in a relationship with your subordinate. And what happens when it comes to conducting reviews and evaluating your honey? You'll need a lot of energy and concentrated effort to keep your office romance just between the two of you.
When co-workers eventually find out, you may be the subject of ridicule and suspicion: If you want people to focus on your professional abilities, don't give them reasons to fuel the rumor mill.
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If your relationship ends badly, will your ex-love tell HR you were making unwanted advances?
Think about how a harassment suit will impact your career.
The relationship could make it more difficult for your department—and depending on your position, your company—to operate effectively.
And then there's the H word and all it can entail.