mystery the dating game - Dating a colleague

If you’re not sure if you’re professionally or personally ready to date a coworker, read Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a New Relationship.

Almost 85% of 18-29 year olds would have a romantic relationship with a coworker, according to a recent Workplace Options survey.

Your company’s Policy and Procedures Manual will likely have guidelines for dating at work, especially between supervisors and subordinates (which is a whole different beast than dating a coworker who is on the same professional level). Or, you might hurt your chances of getting promoted – and your professional reputation may suffer.

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Nevertheless, you’re dating a coworker…or you’re considering dating someone you work with, but you’re smart enough to search for ways to prevent problems before you start a new relationship.

None of these tips for preventing problems when you’re dating a coworker will work in every situation.

This is the biggest reason it’s not ideal to start dating a coworker, even if you’re priming yourself to prevent problems: your emotions may overcome your professional performance.

Even if YOU are cool as a cucumber, your coworker may not be able to separate his emotions, physical passion, need for connection, etc from his work relationships.

You don’t need to send an interoffice memo or email; rather, be open about your dating relationship.

Talk about it in the lunch room, when you’re getting a coffee at the Keurig machine, or during casual office door conversations. Fw-300 #ya-qn-sort h2 /* Breadcrumb */ #ya-question-breadcrumb #ya-question-breadcrumb i #ya-question-breadcrumb a #bc .ya-q-full-text, .ya-q-text #ya-question-detail h1 html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] .ya-q-full-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] .ya-q-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] .ya-q-full-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] .ya-q-text html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] #ya-question-detail h1, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] #ya-question-detail h1 #Stencil . Bdend-1g /* Trending Now */ /* Center Rail */ #ya-center-rail .profile-banner-default .ya-ba-title #Stencil . Bgc-lgr #ya-best-answer, #ya-qpage-msg, #ya-question-detail, li.ya-other-answer .tupwrap .comment-text /* Right Rail */ #Stencil . Bxsh-003-prpl #yai-q-answer, #ya-trending, #ya-related-questions h2. Fw-300 .qstn-title #ya-trending-questions-show-more, #ya-related-questions-show-more #ya-trending-questions-more, #ya-related-questions-more /* DMROS */ .This makes them uncomfortable, and creates unprofessional images of you in their minds.Avoiding PDAs also helps you compartmentalize your relationship, because your physical actions will lead your emotions.We all have hang-ups that make romance difficult – and dating a coworker brings a whole new set of problems.

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