Most medium- to large-sized companies have legal guidelines for romance between coworkers.
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.
(You know the old saying about not, um, where you eat.) But as more Americans postpone marriage until their careers are established—and as hours get longer, with smartphones blurring work and play—it makes sense that attitudes are changing.
"Older generations saw work as a separate place," says Renee Cowan, Ph.
But the caution was worth it: Five years after that first date, he proposed.
A decade ago their romance would have been expressly forbidden.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.Eventually Matt asked Sarah on a date, and they talked for so long that the sushi restaurant had to kick them out."We took things slowly because we were both very aware that we worked in the same office," she remembers.While an office romance might sound like a recipe for disaster (and in some cases against corporate policy), there are ways to make sure the situation doesn't end in heartbreak or employment termination.1. Likewise, avoid starting a relationship with someone who works for you.