Is that a co-worker knocking on your office door, or is it love? Turns out, there’s a good chance it could be both.
Dating a co-worker may be considered a faux pas at many companies, but that’s not stopping a lot of people from doing it anyways. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, inter-office dating is not only common; it has a fairly high success rate, too. Three-in-ten Canadian workers said they’d dated a co-worker at least once during their career and of those, 28 per cent eventually went on to marry said co-worker.
While many office romances are between co-workers of similar authority levels, 25 per cent of workers said they’d dated someone in a higher position at their company, while 13 per cent confessed to dating the boss.
Whether you’re dating your boss or a colleague of equal status, inter-office relationships should be approached with caution, says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “First and foremost, it is important to know your company’s office dating policy,” Haefner says. “Remember to stay professional and draw a boundary line between your personal life and the workplace.”
Are you in the midst of an office romance? Here, two tips for maintaining your relationship without ruining your professional image.
1. No PDA: This should go without saying, but still. “No romantic displays in the office,” says Barbara Pachter, author of the etiquette guide “Greet! Eat! Tweet!” “No secret kissing, caressing, hand-holding or sex in the office. This includes your behavior at office parties.”
2. Don’t isolate yourself: You may only have eyes for that one special co-worker, but don’t forget to maintain relationships with your other colleagues, too.
Kaitlin Madden, CareerBuilder Writer
Kaitlin Madden is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com and its job blog, www.TheWorkBuzz.com. Follow @Careerbuilder on Twitter.