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Dating at work

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DON’T flirt or be publicly affectionate in the office.Not only is it inappropriate behavior, but PDA can make your other coworkers uncomfortable. Like it or not, rumors are going to spread once you’ve gone on a few dates.

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You'd be surprised what might happen if you start nurturing your other relationships.And when coworkers eventually find out, you may be the subject of ridicule and suspicion: If you want people to focus on your professional abilities, don't give them reasons to fuel the rumor mill.It's Not Just About You You may think this is a private affair, but is it really?If you work for a big company, transfer to another department or facility.If that's not an option because of your profession or company size, get yourself a new job. You can rail against the unfairness of it all, but think of it this way: If life were fair, you wouldn't be in this dilemma, and the arrow would have pierced the heart of someone nice who works for the company across the street.

Will you be peering around corners to make sure your former love isn't in the hall and avoiding the company picnic for fear your ex will flaunt a new love interest? Before you throw your next promotion to the wind, here are five reasons dating your coworker might not be such a good idea. Reality Unfortunately, this is not a tale by the Brothers Grimm, so you can't count on a happy ending.

Harassment Possibilities And then there's the H word and all it can entail.

If your relationship ends badly, will your ex-love tell HR you were making unwanted advances?

DO check your workplace policies on interoffice dating.

Learn from what happened to Michael and Jan on “The Office.” Although it’s a TV show, many companies have very real policies that prohibit dating between managers and subordinates, and some prohibit dating across the board.

Whether you become one half of these secretive affairs or you observe two coworkers pairing up, you’ll likely encounter many office relationships in your career. The office is a pretty good place to meet people: You’re surrounded with other single young professionals, you have common professional interests, and, for better or for worse, you see them day in and day out.