The Dos and Don’ts of Dating a Co-Worker

Dos and Don'ts of Dating a Coworker

Dating a Co-Worker: Can You Make an Office Romance Work?

Work romance is increasingly common. More than two thirds of millennials say they’re not opposed to dating a co-worker. But dating a co-worker comes with a unique set of issues. What’s the correct way to behave? Who do you have to tell about your relationship? What if you break up? How do you keep an office romance from having a negative impact on your career? Check out the dos and don’ts of dating a co-worker!

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Do: Know Your Company’s Policy

Most workplaces have rules set in place about co-workers dating each other. Some companies may forbid it, while others may have rules about supervisors and direct reports. You may have to disclose your relationship to your boss or Human Resources. Know your company’s policy before your relationship with a co-worker gets serious.

Don’t: Date Your Boss or Your Assistant

Office romances are complicated enough without worrying about getting fired or having to fire your love interest. This kind of relationship is most likely forbidden at any office and it’s not worth ruining your career over it. Can we say, sexual harassment lawsuit?

Do: Date Someone You Click With

You need more than a sexual attraction to have a successful office romance, so don’t agree to hookups with a co-worker. Find someone you have something in common with—other than your place of employment. If you’re attraction is on multiple levels it’s worth it to consider dating a co-worker.

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Don’t: Sleep Around With Multiple Co-Workers

Gossip travels fast in an office and you don’t want it to be about you and how many people you’ve hooked up with in the company. It’s going to get back to your boss eventually and you aren’t going to get promoted for being the office player.

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Do: Give it Time Before You Tell You Co-Workers

Don’t tell your co-workers about your relationship unless you and your love had made it official. It may feel awkward to keep things secret, but it would be even more awkward if your relationship ended shortly after you told your co-workers about it. Make sure there is actually something there worth sharing. In other words, a few dates don’t merit public acknowledgement.

Don’t: Post About it on Social Media

Keep your office romance off of Facebook, especially if you are friends with co-workers. But if things get serious, discuss updating your social media accounts with your partner before you post to them for the world to see.

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Do: Be Professional at Work

Keep your hands off each other whether the rest of the office is aware of your relationship or not. Don’t tease each other or call each other by pet names. Don’t flirt. Keep your hands off each other. Save the public displays of affection for off-work hours.

Don’t: Turn Your Breakup Into Office Drama

If things don’t work out, you’ll still see each other every day. You need to be professional and civil toward one another. Quitting doesn’t have to be an option, but being respectful toward each other goes a long way toward winning the respect of your boss and co-workers.

5 thoughts on “The Dos and Don’ts of Dating a Co-Worker

  1. shari g

    i dont date on the job or at school, there are many people out there who love to start rumours, although i always leave it up to people to believe what they want to believe, but its usually the people who starts the rumours pointing fingers are usually the ones who have things like that on their minds, everyone is not a player, some are not even daters. And you cannot work 2 jobs and date at the same time theres no time

  2. Julie

    It is not a good idea to mess around were you earn your pay check. It’s like being in high school all over again and hearing the gossip about who is sleeping around with who. It is embarrassing and things will never be the same between you and your co-workers.

  3. Gina Rose ext.9500Gina Rose ext.9500

    These are excellent tips, S.K.!!!

    Especially the very last tip, I’ve seen many good jobs go out the window when people breakup and drag that baggage and drama into the workplace.

    Try to keep romance and work separate from each other if at all possible.

    And it’s ALWAYS a good thing to be prudent about what you are posting on Facebook and other forms of social media. Remember, it will linger in cyberspace forever….lol.

    Blessed Be )O(
    Gina Rose ext.9500


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