Rules on dating coworkers

A Career Builder survey from last February revealed that nearly 36% of employees admitted to having a romantic relationship with a coworker, and one-third of office relationships result in marriage. We're approaching our fourth wedding anniversary.) It's up to you to figure out whether pursuing an office relationship is worth the possible consequences, good and bad. But they happen all the time, and when they do, there are three possible outcomes: The relationship turns sour and your reputation and career take a beating; it ends, but you're both mature and cordial and don't let the breakup affect your work; or things work out.There’s too much at stake, like your livelihood to take risks, and there’s too much to lose, like a potentially great love, not to give it a shot. Don’t give someone you’re disabled dating better work or pay, and don’t punish someone you’re breaking up with by giving him or her worse work or pay. If they’re not — then keep personal remarks at work limited to sports, the weather and the kids. “I’m sorry, I’m not comfortable talking about your wife. Your co-worker boyfriend or girlfriend may look like Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie, and you may be so pumped up that you’ve got a hot date with the hottie — but keep your feelings to yourself — and your friends outside of work. While you should not announce your relationship, you can say, “Yes, we’re disabled dating.Otherwise, you may find yourself on the receiving end of a lawsuit. I want to keep our relationship all business because I value us as co-workers,” is all you need to say and do. Work gossip is inevitable, but you must practice good behavior by keeping the water cooler talk to work and the weather. We’re both single adults and we’re working very hard to keep our social life separate from our work life.” And smile.

One complaint to HR for PDA, showing preferential treatment, or using words of endearment in public will at the very least trigger an investigation." 13. "Be careful what you text or email to each other, not just because Steve in accounting might fall off his chair when he mistakenly receives it - but also because it could ultimately be used as evidence in a legal case in termination or sexual harassment," she warns. Don't talk about work at home This one is more for the well-being of your relationship.

The office can present a great opportunity for you to find someone who shares many interests, so I say never leave this prospective dating pool untapped.

But remember; you need to handle the good, the bad and even the ugly with dignity.

Both disabled dating and working are natural parts of life, and it’s natural to become attracted to people you work with. But be impeccable with your behavior and your work.

You’re going to be under more scrutiny in this relationship than you would be if you were disabled dating someone you didn’t work with.

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