Office Romance Guide

A fling with that hottie in PR can be exciting, but it’s a bad idea if it interferes with your job.

By Barbara Krasnoff

ffice romances are a thing of legend. However, if you’re dating somebody who works in the same company, it’s often wise to be discreet. A fling with that hottie in PR can be exciting (not to mention convenient), but it can lead to nasty consequences if it interferes with your income.

Look at the power equation
It’s a really good idea to avoid dating your boss, or a member of your direct staff. The power relationship there can just get too messy. If you think he could be The One, you may want to find out whether you or he can move to another department.

Keep it off-hours
Secret trysts in the conference room and passionate emails in the cubicle
It’s a really good idea to avoid dating your boss, or a member of your direct staff.
may be a turn-on, but they’re not going to be appreciated by either your boss or your coworkers. It’s best to see each other only during off-hours. On the other hand, if you happen to see each other across the hallway, a quick steamy glance can keep him thinking about you until 5 p.m. rolls around.

Avoid exchanging office gossip
One of the nice things about being in a relationship is having somebody to talk to about your day at work. The problem is that, in this case, he may know the person you’re complaining about. It may be a good idea to be careful about work-related conversations, at least in the beginning.

If things get serious, don’t be secretive
Okay, you can’t stop thinking about each other, and there’s talk about making things permanent. If you’re going to be sharing an address, let people know. Intra-office relationships are only a problem if they’re treated as if there’s something wrong going on.

Have fun
There’s something delicious about dating somebody at work. The chance meeting in the elevator, the shared experiences, improvised dates at 5:05 p.m.

It can be fun, fast, and passionate. Just try to keep in mind that your work life and your romantic life should be kept separate, or both can suffer.

Barbara Krasnoff is a freelance writer who frequently contributes to Happen magazine.
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