Most of us spend the majority of our time at work. So, it’s no surprise that we often get to know our coworkers better than anyone else. Sometimes, these friendships can blossom into something more. But dating within the workplace can be tricky. Before you decide to date a coworker, you should take steps to protect yourself and the other person because the last thing you want to do is create negative tension in your workspace.
What Is The Company’s Policy?
Knowing your company’s policy ahead of time can save you a lot of headache and professional distress, especially if the other person is not at the same pay grade. Some companies require disclose of intra-office romances to cover themselves from legal trouble, as well as protect the employees. Prior disclosure can help proactively address issues of favouritism or the appearance of favouritism.
Consider yours as well as your coworker’s relationship history before beginning an office romance. If either of you has a history of volatile relationships, then an office romance may not be wise. You would never want your personal relationship to spill over into office life. Both parties should be able to compartmentalise the personal side of the relationship to outside the office hours.
Will This Be A Distraction?
Dating a coworker can make sense on some level. This person knows and understands the work you do, and that can make a world of difference in establishing and maintaining a good relationship. However, if having your significant other at work will distract you from the job at hand, this may not be the right relationship. If you are an ambitious worker and your significant other is potential competition for certain jobs, this can create awkward and volatile situations. Be sure to think about the effect that this will have on your job performance and career projection.
Is It Worth The Risk?
Dating a coworker can be a minefield of a situation to navigate. You will risk other employees viewing you, your work, and your accomplishments through a different lens. Things can also get awkward if the relationship goes south. You should consider if you like this person enough to assume the associated risks. If the relationship is on flimsy ground, it may not withstand the intense scrutiny that comes with the territory. Choose wisely.