Though it may not be written down in any rulebooks, companies recognize that office romances are Pandora’s boxes, which may negatively affect productivity, and so they discourage co-workers from dating.For example hospitals do not encourage doctor-nurse romances.But meanwhile, if you’re weighing a romance with a co-worker — or have already embarked upon one — read Losee’s tips for making your relationship a success without endangering your career.Office romances are more common in recent years, in part because people are spending more time at the office trying to safeguard their jobs.You don’t know if it happened that afternoon when your co-worker handed you the monthly sales report and the rays of the afternoon sun bounced off their hair in such a way that they glowed like some sort of office-based angel.Or if it is due to the way that this very special co-worker always brings donuts for everyone — or how they always compliment you on how entertaining your Power Point presentations are.
You already have at least one common interest, and you have already spent time getting to know each other, Losee says.
Recognizing a strong attraction You must be genuinely convinced that your co-worker is interested in you.
He or she may be sending signals, like taking detours to be near your cabin, singling out your reports for compliments, trying to share lunch and coffee breaks with you, staying near you during office parties and making inquiries about your personal life. You must try to watch, learn and think before expressing your interest to him/her. Make sure you are not violating company policy Most companies frown on office romances and co-workers dating.
And you can indeed have a policy that requires one of the parties to move on if a relationship happens.
What’s not legal, though, is to always have women be the ones who have to leave.
He says: “As for reasonable suspicion, the law does not impose any sort of standard that the employer must meet before taking action.