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Dealing With Office Romance

Reader Tips: vabeachbum Gives Lessons in Office Love

I talked about the death of office romance, and reader responded with great insight on guidelines for relationships in the workplace. Here they are:


  1. I think it's better if you work in completely separate areas or departments so you're not around each other all the time.
  2. Never ever date your boss, and if you're the boss, never date someone below you. I feel like that is a recipe for all kinds of disaster.
  3. I would be open about it from the beginning. I would not necessarily tell every single person about it, but I would make sure my immediate supervisors knew. I think it's OK as long as both of you follow any rules the company has and if you can be mature about it if it doesn't work out.
  4. Of course, if you think it's going to be awkward if you break up or if you think you can't be mature about it if the person breaks up with you, then just don't do it.
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