The phrase "don’t dip your pen in the company ink" is a well-worn cliché, and some companies are so concerned about the negative effects of office romances that they expressly prohibit workplace dating.
Yet, despite this, co-workers continue to wind up in bed together, restrictions and warnings be damned.
This can be especially true in high-growth companies that demand long work hours and tend to hire more single employees.
When your routine is work-sleep-work, going out to date does not seem like a real option for many.
Hospitality, Financial Services, Transportation and Utilities, Information Technology, and Health Services all topped the list as having higher than average office dating.Then again, some notable romance disasters began with workplace dating, so it’s important know what makes office romances succeed – and what makes them fail.If you have you got your eye on a co-worker but don’t know whether you should make a move, proceed carefully.There will foreseeably be claims of favoritism, or even discrimination or harassment.When a workplace romance sours, it can expose the company to increased liability, since the connection between alleged actors is easier to establish--essentially giving the plaintiff some good ammunition for his or her case.
Handle your office romance the right way and you might live happily ever after; screw it up and you could wind up looking for a new job.