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Dating at the office rules

But here’s the thing: Whether or not there are policies forbidding them, office relationships happen.

already looked into the company policy, so you understand which superiors need to know. “In the early, casual stages, it’s probably better to keep it quiet,” says Brownlee.

“If it’s serious, it’s probably a little harder to play it close to the vest.

Consider the Worst-Case Scenario With 7% of respondents to the Career Builder survey saying they had to leave a job after a breakup, you’ll be glad you did some critical thinking before jumping into any new relationship with a colleague.

Work is a way of test-driving a potential partner (ie getting to know them) before taking the plunge and asking them out. Etiquette: Dating a work colleague requires a good amount of old-fashioned social etiquette, not because it will make you any more attractive but because it will make the whole process a lot more comfortable and a lot less difficult, if and when the whole thing ends. Working with someone means forging an effective relationship.

If things turn south, the last thing you’ll want is someone gossiping about your private life or what you said about your boss after a particularly tough performance review.

Also, consider how much you’d continue having to work with the person after breaking up—or even how regularly you’re likely to run into him or her at work functions or around the water cooler.

“You’re creating a climate where people are going to see bias whether there really is bias or not.” Relationships with your peers are generally more acceptable—assuming they’re unhitched.