Falling in love at the office can be problematic. To keep out of trouble, keep your office romance on a professional level.
“The best advice I can give regarding office affairs is to avoid them altogether,” said infidelity expert Ruth Houston in a printed report. “The risks greatly outweigh the rewards.”
Houston, like most infidelity experts, advises not having office affairs, period. But let’s face it—opposites do attract. And because you spend approximately 65 percent of your life at the office, what better place is there to meet someone with whom you’d either like to take to lunch or to enjoy some hanky panky with, or both?
So if you’re already office lovers, tempted to have an office affair, or simply wondering if you should ask a coworker out, Houston offers four guidelines to help keep your office romance on a professional level:
- Confine your wandering eyes to someone who is a peer, versus a colleague above or below your rank. It’s a big no-no to get involved with somebody below your rank,
- Keep your office affair under the radar. If you flaunt it, your colleagues will become jealous and you’ll become toast.
- No kissy-face, hugging, or holding hands in public, or heaven forbid, having office sex on the stairwell, in a storage closet, or company parking lot. Office intercourse is a job killer.
- Remember company e-mails and voicemails are not secret. So don’t use them to send passionate or suggestive love notes or x-rated voicemails to each other.
While one of Houson’s points—to avoid office romances completely—migh be impractical, one of her recommendations is the most practical of all. It’s to be prepared to initiate a job-finding campaign should your office romance take a turn for the worse.
You might also enjoy reading the first part of this post on Your Career Service.com titled Office Romances.
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