The answer is simple: by getting out of the office.
Social settings outside of work were cited most often in regard to workers connecting on a romantic level.
According to Career Builder's annual office romance survey of more than 4,000 workers nationwide, dating a co-worker is a fairly common occurrence, with 39 percent of workers saying that they have dated a co-worker at least once during their career and 17 percent dating co-workers at least twice.
But does inter-office dating have to end up as a bad romance in your HR folder? Thirty percent of those who have dated a co-worker say that their office romance led them to the altar.
Dana Brownlee, president of professional training development company Professionalism Matters, advises against initiating a romance with your manager, or, likewise, with anyone who reports to you directly or indirectly."If you're a manager, you should be held to a higher standard," she says.
If you sit together in the company cafeteria, will people now feel they should give you privacy?
A stunning 20% of people who told Career Builder that they had dated someone at the office admitted that at least one person in the relationship was married.
Perhaps that makes sense given the amount of time we spend at work: In an office relationship, you can relate to the struggles someone faces from 9 to 5, says Brownlee.
And when coworkers eventually find out, you may be the subject of ridicule and suspicion: If you want people to focus on your professional abilities, don't give them reasons to fuel the rumor mill.
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