Rules of the road for workplace relationships
03 November 2011 -
If you absolutely must start a romance with a workmate, best stick to these tips…
Hug at home
Keep the intimacy out of the office
Obvious physical flirtation in the office can irritate your colleagues and give the impression that you lack focus on your work. If you are unable to resist brushing up against your loved one, limit it to the odd peck on the cheek.
Don’t do it unless you mean it
Many people meet their lifetime partners at work, so there is nothing wrong, per se, with courting a colleague. But meaningless flings are generally bad news: remember you have to work with the person after your dalliance is over.
The truth works
Be honest wherever possible
If you are in a relationship with someone from work, it’s best to be upfront about it. If you aren’t, your colleagues will catch on soon enough, and you don’t want to be the subject of gossip.
You booze, you lose
Don’t make your move at the office party
Alcohol and seasonal bonhomie can act as a capricious aphrodisiac and may affect your judgement. Your festive fling may be fun on 23 December, but your love hangover could last well beyond the new year.
Lost in transit
Don’t fall into the travel trap
Cut out the middle man
Don’t ask colleagues for relationship tips
Whatever you do, try to avoid involving your workmates in the machinations of your relationship. Asking your colleague for advice after a lover’s tiff can place them in a difficult position when they hear the same lament from your new partner.
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