A whopping 54 percent of American workers admit to having had a crush on a coworker, according to a survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management. Of course, a crush is harmless, but if an innocent flirtation leads to a full-fledged romance, how do you navigate dating a coworker without jeopardizing your job and putting your professional future at risk? We asked Amy Baker , a professor of psychology at the University of New Haven with a concentration in workplace romance, to lay out the rules of romantic engagement at the office. Read the fine print carefully: Some policies prohibit dating a subordinate while others prohibit office romance altogether.
I believe probably more than any other topic I have heard more issues in my years in the Army that deal with relationships among service members. I do believe it is morally acceptable for an employer to make rules against dating in the workplace. The degree to which rules are designed though should reflect on how much the relationship may affect the workplace. There should be no invisible rules towards the topic.
When it comes to dating a coworker, there's one general rule: Don't do it. But sometimes, that's way easier said than done — especially if your job requires you to spend long hours and tight cubicles with the same person. Tempting and steamy as it may be, it can also turn out to be super awkward and traumatic — something we all saw unfold on the first season of UnREAL and — spoiler alert!
Johnny C. Taylor Jr. The questions are submitted by readers, and Taylor's answers below have been edited for length and clarity.