We know that everyone spends a lot of time at the office for work. And that means that romance can blossom! Here are a few Do's and Don'ts for Office Romances!
Always read your Office Manual. There may be rules against interoffice dating. It might not be worth the risk to date a co-worker. If your office does allow interoffice dating definitely tell your boss before you tell your co-workers. It is better for him/her to hear from you then the rumor mill around the office. Remember to be professional about it when you tell them. No need to get into details of the romance.
Never date a married co-worker! You can have that crush on the co-worker but always think of the consequences of dating a married co-worker. Definitely not worth the harm in the future.
Definitely use discretion! Fawning and gushing all over them all day isn't very enticing. Accidental brushes and secret looks over the copy machine or coffee pot are definitely better. And you do not want to get caught doing the naughty in the coat closet. Make sure you keep all sexual interactions in the bedroom and not the office. You will need to be prepared for the backlash if you get caught.
Be careful of body language. Body Language can be misread if you are not careful! That would make for very awkward days and possible loss of job.
Do not have terse words at work about your relationship. If you need to vent go out for a walk and call a friend that does not work with you. Let your partner know that you can finish your discussion at home behind closed doors where it belongs. And do not conduct the fight over emails either.
In fact do not email each other at work anyways. Most companies monitor all emails and that would be just embarrassing for them to read some racy emails. Maybe sending a few suggestive texts would be so much better then an accidental company wide email ;)
Remember that you already had a life outside of work and the relationship with your partner. You do not want to give up your you time that you have outside of work as well. That can get to be a little much when you see each other at work and at home. And while you are out don't sit and just talk about your romantic life. You wouldn't normally talk about it all the time anyways. We all have interests outside our relationships, make sure you take the time to nourish those as well.
As for social media, be careful about that. We know, we know, you want to rush on there and make it official. Please be careful doing that. And if you are trying to fly under the radar keep the tagging to a minimum as well. I would definitely make sure that you are in a committed relationship before you post it on social media that you are in one.
And if you are in a job that you love with a company that you can see yourself with in 5+ years be very careful of the interoffice dating. Your relationship could very well shape your career in ways that you might not want it to go in.
If you decide to break up make sure that you can bounce back and keep your reputation up as a hard worker. Remember that you will have to see the other person quite a bit so make sure that you break up and try to leave the relationship on good terms. While that isn't always possible you may have to take on more responsibility and project but you want to keep selling your accomplishments.
Do not flirt at Company functions. Things may be more relaxed but the things you do off site will be remembered just as much as the on site ones and it could be detrimental to your future with the company.
As always have a safe and wonderful day!