It’s tempting to date a co-worker, especially if you work long hours and spend more time with your colleagues than with your friends. What's important to know is looking at your past relationships, if you have any. If they ended without any ugliness, it's okay to date a co-worker.
However, it's important to know about the co-worker's past relationships. If there's a sense of neediness or aggression, it's best not to approach the person and look for romance outside the workplace. Another factor is the company's policy on office romances.
Most companies, for legal reasons, require their employees to disclose a romantic relationship between a supervisor and a worker so that the company can change the reporting relationship to avoid any actual favoritism or the appearance of favoritism.
Even if the two of you are equal, there may concerning factors, including age and departments. It's a risk to have a romantic relationship with a co-worker, especially if there's a company policy against it, but as long as there's a sense of maturity between the two of you, it's worth it.
M. PorterSenior Executive, Master of Art, San Jose
Senior Executive, Master of Art, San Jose
Answered on Dec 04, 2018
You know how tempting it can be to date your co-worker. This is someone that you are with for long hours every day. You cannot help but see each other and sometimes share stories with each other. The time that you spend together can be enough for a bond to form. Just remember that you should not date a co-worker if your company prohibits it.
If they feel that your relationship with a co-worker will interfere with your job then they will put a stop to this for sure. You may date your co-worker if you want work to be more fun. Just make sure that you know how to separate your personal life from your corporate life.