When you ask someone to be your Valentine, is that person in a nearby cubicle?
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it might be a good time for a refresher on what makes for an appropriate office romance, when what doesn’t. Different companies have different policies, and you don’t want to risk getting fired.
Some tips, courtesy of Peter Handal, president, CEO and chairman of Dale Carnegie Training:
– Check the company’s policies. Many have rules against any relationship among co-workers.
– Keep it professional. Keep your lovers’ quarrels at home and keep your relationship nothing but professional at the office. If your love life starts affecting your job, you may be asked to leave. And, if you have an issue with your partner, handle it outside the office.
– Don’t date someone in a higher or lower position. Even if there is no favoritism, you don’t want to even create the illusion or possibility that there is.
– Keep the romance out of the office. No public displays of affection, ever.
– If the relationship gets serious, one of you may want to consider leaving.
Have you had a successful or unsuccessful office romance? Was it worth it? Did it affect your career?