Mixing business with pleasure can complicate your life but if you have decided to kindle the office romance, play by these rules to keep your reputation intact and to not put your career in jeopardy.
The truth is that office romance can be quite tricky and generally not recommended. But it happens all the time and when they do they usually end in three possible outcomes - it starts creating problems with the co-worker and affect your repo and future ,or it will end badly and you guys will have to be mature about it and act like nothing happened , or things will work out in your favour.
But if you have decided to go for it or are already in one then here are some "rules" or more like guidelines that you can follow to ensure that things don't go wrong.
It is suggested you should first try being friends in and out of the office. People change when they are at work. Before getting serious make sure you know the person and make sure you wouldn't mind spending your day offs with him/her.
Before you take the relationship public make sure it has a future. Take to your partner and decide together when and how you want to tell everyone to know. But take care of it before it becomes a rumor and you become the talk of the office.
Before telling your co-worker and taking things further talk to the HR. Once it is cleared by the company that they have no problem with the relationship then feel free to spread the news.
Work comes first. Thought it might be difficult to keep the artificial distance and acting all professional, this will help you in the long run and not affect your reputation.
Find a balance between Acting cute and just making your co-workers feel uncomfortable. An easy solution would be to act professional and keeping doors open when you are together.
You and your partner should come with some ground rules and stay within the written or unwritten rules. It's natural to think how the office romance can affect your career, but the fact you are working together will also affect your relationship.
It's totally unprofessional to talk about your personal relationships in the office. Nobody needs or wants to know what is happening with your love life. Keep all the disagreements and problems out of your work.
Most companies have policies that prohibit you from dating a direct boss or subordinate. Subordinate relationships are not recommended because they create a perception of favoritism. And, it also creates some awkward situations.
The most dreaded part of an office relationship is when it ends. You want to avoid the other person but your work won't let it. It slowly starts affecting your mood and in turn your work.
So, before getting into the relationship the first thing you should do is think about the end.