This is something to think about early on and to keep in mind as you move forward in the relationship."The bottom line is, you need to tread carefully," she adds.Before we were married, my husband and I worked together. In fact, we had been dating for almost four years before we ended up at the same company (which, by the way, wasn't planned … But for about 12 months, we sat three cubes apart from one another and kept our relationship under wraps. It's up to you to figure out whether pursuing an office relationship is worth the possible consequences, good and bad.
As a relationship becomes more serious, oftentimes one person will decide to leave the employer completely, because the more involved you are, the greater likelihood of the relationship interfering with your job.
"That's why so many companies have policies against nepotism, which applies to married couples and relatives," says Taylor.
"What will be your plan 'B' if the heat is on from a supervisor, from gossip, or if things go awry?
" Taylor asks."You may have the burden of overcompensating with professionalism and keeping an artificial distance, which can be an awkward strain," says Taylor.
So, if your new sweetheart shoots a text, it's proper etiquette to respond in a timely fashion.
I say up to twelve hours within receipt of the text, but even that's being generous. Unless you run a Jennifer Lopez sized corporation, a timely response to a text is important when you're dating someone."It's hard enough today to concentrate with open office spaces, a plethora of technology devices, frantic deadlines, multiple bosses, and so on," says Taylor."Add to that two lovers fighting over doing dishes in the next cube and you have one unhappy coworker, who you may catch sauntering to HR." Also, it's entirely unprofessional to complain about your personal relationships at work, whether you're dating a colleague or not. What happens at home or in your personal life (no matter who you're dating) almost always affects your attitude, which affects your work — it's just a fact of life."If, however, love happens to strike at work, don't make a concerted effort to fight it at any cost.Just know the risks." Your decision not only affects you, but other person, both your careers, and those around you.If you decide it suggests you try being friends inside and outside the office before you make any moves.