Dating a coworker

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If you become distracted by the excitement of your new romance—or distraught if that relationship goes awry—will you be less effective?Ultimately, you have been hired to accomplish certain tasks for your company or organization.Work-based relationships aren’t always superficial and it is almost inevitable that at some point in your career you’ll develop a crush on someone at work.Here are some tips to help make sure you don’t end up wanting to resign if dating a colleague doesn’t work out.Eventually Matt asked Sarah on a date, and they talked for so long that the sushi restaurant had to kick them out."We took things slowly because we were both very aware that we worked in the same office," she remembers.

But they exchanged a few texts, then graduated to friendly lunches. Office crushes sure make the workday more interesting—and give you the inspiration to dress a little sharper for that Monday morning meeting, too.You may have already seen how he or she handles stress and treats peers.There’s also a good chance that, working for the same employer, the two of you enjoy similar work hours and holidays. Will dating someone at work change the way co-workers or supervisors regard you?You also bring to a new relationship a shared “world,” complete with friends, colleagues, goals, and even values. Will your relationship become topic of office gossip? There’s also the matter of how your dating relationship might impact job performance.But the caution was worth it: Five years after that first date, he proposed.

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