Some organizations allow co-workers to date each other. Some don't. So don't take a chance on getting fired.
Office romances are alive and well, according to research compiled by KelloggForum.org. At least one-third of all American workers have either had a romantic relationship at work or know someone who has. More than seven out of 10 professionals say they're open to dating at work under the right circumstances. Clearly, stigmas are breaking down, thanks in part to the ever-increasing blending of workers' professional and personal lives. However, dating a co-worker still involves a great deal of risk. A relationship can grow sour in a hurry, and the office gossip grapevine is always eager to leap on the latest juicy details about private matters. Ultimately, your reputation is at stake—and negative fallout could affect your career. With this in mind, consider these eight rules of workplace dating before taking the plunge. They're compiled from online advice dispensed by sites such as AskMen.com and DatingTrek.com.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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