As we get closer and closer to Valentine’s Day, our thoughts are turning toward romantic, candle-lit dinners and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates. But what if your sweetheart works in the same office as you? How do you handle that?
Navigating through an office romance can be a tricky endeavor. You don’t want to risk getting caught, which depending on your company’s policies could mean getting fired or being forced to resign.
There are a few things you must do if you have a budding relationship with one of your co-workers, according to About.com:
Check the company’s policies. Many companies have hard and fast rules about office relationships — do you know where yours stands? You have to ask yourself if it’s worth it to jump head first into a relationship if it means your job is in jeopardy.
Be professional. Your social life shouldn’t have an impact on your work environment. The quality and efficiency of your work should remain the same, or you might be asked to end your romance or leave entirely.
Be aware of the hierarchy. Dating someone in a higher or lower position than you is a recipe for disaster. It could affect your salary or even your ability to move around in the company, so stick to dating those with whom you don’t have daily contact.
PDA-free zone. Always. There’s no need to parade your relationship around in front of your co-workers. Avoid affectionate behavior and save it for after-hours.
For more tips, check out the full article here on About.com.