How to handle workplace relationship without jeopardizing your job.
4. DO: Date someone of equal status
The truth is that power dynamics exist in the workplace. You're likely to incur office envy and set tongues wagging if you get involved with a supervisor or your boss, and this can create tension between you and your co-workers. They will believe that you are getting extra attention, and you only got that raise or promotion because of favoritism or unfair practice. If you're seeing somebody in a position of authority, consider not working together in the company.
5. DON'T: Rush into sex too quickly
Take it slow and develop a non-sexual relationship with that person first. You have to be sure you're both on the same page before you take things further. If one party views it as a casual fling, and the other sees it as the beginning of a long-term romance, you're going to have to deal with the consequences everyday.
6. DO: Act appropriately at work -- even when you think no one is looking
Which is almost never the case. Don't send personal messages using your work email accounts -- emails can be read by your supervisor and used against you if things get nasty. If you want to hold hands or steal a kiss, do it someplace else, not at the office on the sly.
7. DO: Be ethical
Never try to manipulate projects, tasks or trips in order to maximize time together.
8. DO: Keep in mind that workplace romance is more challenging
Realize that there are many emotions involved. Problems such as jealousy can interfere with work productivity and if you work side-by-side, you may even compete for the same promotions.
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