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How to Safely Navigate an Office Romance

There are definite pros and cons to dating someone in your workplace, and we’re here to help you navigate some of the biggest hurdles in that situation.  The best case scenario is that you form a long-lasting dating relationship that could even lead to marriage.

Worst case?  Things can get awkward, fast.  So what should you do?  Read on!

Read Your Company Policy about Dating Co-workers

Although you might prefer to not involve your company in your relationships, you kind of have to if they have a policy against dating.  Be sure to read up on your company policies about dating co-workers to help avoid hassles later on.

Some outright forbid it, but others have more lax rules with a few stipulations.

Ask Yourself is it Worth It

Dating someone in your office is a much bigger deal than the usual scenario.  If things go awry, you still have to see them every day and you can’t let it affect your work performance.

You should also make sure that you’re not dating this person as a mutual way to vent about problems at work.  You need to feel like this is the real deal, and that it has a chance to last.  Otherwise, dating might not be worth it.

Know Your Rank

Office politics can be intense, and you need to keep office hierarchy and politics in mind.  Know that if you date above your “rank”, it could potentially cause you to lose any chance of moving up in regard to position or salary.

Be Professional

This is extremely important.  If you decide to go ahead try dating someone in-office, you need to maintain decorum at all times.  That means no playing footsie underneath the conference tables during big meetings!

You’d better believe that someone will notice.  The last thing you want to do is make others in your office feel uncomfortable, or that you’re likely to take your partner’s side in any big decisions.

Make a Break-up Plan

Sorry, but if you choose to be in an office relationship, this is just something that has to be done.  You need to have a discussion about what would happen if your dating relationship doesn’t work out for one reason or another.

Hopefully, that can help smooth things over in the event that you did break up.  The last thing you want is to experience a messy breakup in the middle of your workplace.

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