Dating a co-worker makes sense. You see them often enough to decide if you enjoy their company. You spend late nights working alongside him closing up shop. Soon, you’re grabbing dinner with your attractive colleague after a late night at the office. All this time spent together, sharing stories about work and life, often leads to developing feelings.
What are you to do if you find yourself crushing on a coworker? Date smart and keep the following points in mind.
He is your supervisor.
What if your co-worker is your supervisor? Work policy may state that you can’t date your boss for love, or to climb the corporate ladder. Make sure you do some digging. Read the fine print so the crush you have on your boss doesn’t get you fired.
He may not know you like him.
Men don’t always realize when women are flirting with them. All the signals you thought you were sending may be confused as friendliness. Next thing you know he is dating another co-worker.
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Keep your romance to yourself.
When dating a co-worker, gossip is your nemesis. Word at the workplace can spread like a wildfire. Don’t flaunt your new relationship or love, and don’t be too affectionate at work.
Beware of social media.
Before you change your Facebook relationship status, remember that employers and employees may be your “friends.” Even if they aren’t, they may see your updates and photos if a mutual friend likes or comments on one of your posts.
No sexting while at work.
Yes, we live in a digital world, but don’t sext your co-worker! This isn’t college. If you’re going to show him your goods, show him in person, and outside the work environment.
Keep it classy at work functions.
At the next company party, keep it classy. Try not to drink to the point of embarrassment. Don’t make out with your work crush or hookup with him in the closet.
All in all, the choice is ultimately up to you. Weigh the pros and cons of dating in the workplace. And remember that you’ll be seeing a lot more of him.
What has your experience been with dating a coworker?