Lots of people meet their partners at work, and yet dating someone in the office is often frowned upon. Some companies even have explicit policies against it. So, what should you do if you and a colleague decided to explore a relationship?
As Harvard Business Review details, there are perfectly good reasons why coworkers fall for one another, says Art Markman, a professor of psychology and marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. “You spend a tremendous amount of time at work and, if you put people in close proximity, working together, having open, vulnerable conversations, there’s a good chance there are going to be romantic relationships.”
Before you act on your feelings, it’s important to think through the risks. There is potential for hurt feelings or harm to professional reputations as well as conflicts of interest to navigate. It’s best to stay away from direct reports or your own manager, to set boundaries between your work and personal lives and to make your relationship public knowledge.
Read the full story, where Harvard Business Review goes further into how to avoid the pitfalls of an office romance.