A Workplace Warning

Your head might turn. Your heart might race. You might just sweat. This is what happens when you see a new hottie join the workplace. Relationships started at work might be tempting, but they can also have grim consequences.

Workplace romances don’t have to ruin your reputation. They can have severe psychological effects, though. On the bright side, there are ways to control the effects of dating a colleague. The following are things to keep in mind when pursuing a co-worker:

1) You could get into trouble. Be sure to look up your company’s rules concerning interoffice dating. Some workplaces allow it, while others do not. And if you have a good job, you may not want to lose it just to date someone.

2) You could earn a name for yourself. Even if dating is permitted at your company, your fellow colleagues may gossip about you. This may be especially true for jealous coworkers. If you’re strong enough to handle it, it may be worth it, though.

3) You might not be able to focus on work. You may be nervous. You may have gotten into a disagreement with your partner. You may have found her flirting with half the office. These are some reasons you could make mistakes at work due to your love interest being there. If you manage to think about only work at work, you may be fine, though.

4) Your boss might not take you seriously. If you keep to yourself, your boss might not take you seriously. She may only be able to judge you on what she sees, and, respectively, might take you for the office floozy. If you are confident and hardworking, your manager(s) might be able to look past this, though.

Office romances are taboo. If you go about them the right way, though, they may just work. Of course, one shouldn’t violate workplace policy. On the other hand, in Tips About Dating, Sex and Romance at Work, Susan Heathfield says A Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Workplace Romance Survey showed nearly all businesses surveyed do not have written rules regarding dating at work. In the words of Maya Angelou, famous author and poet, “Nothing will work unless you do.”

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