At Work Dating
People have been meeting their significant others at work for decades now. After all, we tend to spend a lot of time at work, especially when we’re single, so it’s often the place where we meet the most people. But, is it a good idea to date a coworker? Here are four questions to ask yourself.
- What’s your company policy? It’s less prevalent today, but there are still a few companies that forbid dating between coworkers. If your company is one of them, you have to weigh your options. If you’re very discreet, maybe no one will find out, but if you get caught, you could both lose your jobs. If he or she turns out to be “the one”, and you decide to get married, how will you handle it?
- Is the person you’re interested in your supervisor or subordinate? This is forbidden in almost all companies. And even if it isn’t strictly against the rules, it’s dangerous territory. As a boss, you risk a sexual harassment charge if you break the relationship off. As a subordinate, you risk unfair treatment by the boss if you’re the one to break it off.
- How will you feel about seeing this person every day if it doesn’t work? Even when there is no reporting relationship, you may still feel awkward at work if it doesn’t work out.
- Are You Willing to Be the Brunt of Office Gossip? If people find out, they’re gonna talk. Just be sure you can handle it. Eventually of course, if you say very little, they’ll move on to another topic.
Work can be a great place to meet someone. Just be sure you’re prepared for the many different things that can happen when you date where you work.