Office Romance

Office romance

The camaraderie of the workplace can often overflow into romance, but you should think carefully before embarking on a relationship with a colleague.

Be guided by common sense and consider potential conflicts of interest. Check whether your employer has a policy on such matters. However professional you are, others might be quick to suggest that your judgment is clouded.

A liaison between boss and subordinate is particularly problematic and may require one of you to consider your options.

If it's early days and you're not sure whether your romance has staying power, be as discreet as possible and keep it between yourselves.

When you become an established couple, it is worth considering whether to spill the beans, with a view to controlling the spread of the news rather than relying on the office grapevine.

Never flaunt your romance in front of colleagues: displays of intimacy will undermine your professionalism and make others uncomfortable. You will gain the respect of others by showing restraint.

With careful handling and favourable circumstances, romance can blossom. However, if you find that mixing business with pleasure is affecting your work or your relationship adversely, assess your priorities and act decisively.

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