Rules for dating a coworker

07 Feb

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(And, frankly, there’s no guarantee that your company will smile upon your budding romance, either.) To ensure that you come out of this situation with both your heart and your career intact, consider this your handy guide—just don’t forget to brush up on your game with 15 Ways to Impress Any Woman. D., a clinical psychologist with a specialty in interpersonal and work relationships.

Some companies ban office romance outright, while others ban dating among direct colleagues, such as superiors and juniors (and teammates).

They are more likely to be deceived by coworkers, distrusted, and gossiped about,” says Chory.

Psyched because the lady of your dreams told you she’s single?

Barrel says: “Every way that you behave has to be motivated by that at the end.

You can't just walk away and not see that person again.” Ready to make your move? Plan it for the next day or a few days later and make it a sit-down restaurant (no, your go-to sub shop doesn't count).

And while dating someone above you on the corporate ladder is often against the rules anyway, it bears repetition: Don’t date the boss.

“Employees who date their organizational superiors incur the most negative coworker reactions.

But here’s the thing: It’s important to clear the air right off the bat to avoid a blow-up that could negatively impact your work life later.

“Before you make a move, give it some serious time to think, ‘is this person worth making things slightly uncomfortable for myself? That extra mental leg work is insurance: In an ideal world all works out, but if everything fizzles to a fling, you have to see this person every single day—and act professional doing it.