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Dating A Coworker: Consider These Pros And Cons Before Taking The Leap

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Jun. 9 2022, Published 8:05 a.m. ET

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Dating in the workplace can be a tricky situation. On one hand, it can be convenient to have someone close by that you can spend time with outside of work. But on the other hand, there are many potential pitfalls that can occur when two people are dating and working together. Let’s explore the pros and cons of dating someone you work with. We will also provide some tips for making this type of relationship work and avoiding pitfalls.

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Pros

One of the benefits of dating someone you work with is that you already have a built-in relationship. You see each other every day, know each other’s communication styles, and have a shared understanding of each other’s work and commitments. This can be a big advantage over starting a relationship with someone who is outside of your work life, who you may not see as often, and who may not understand the demands of your job.

When you’re dating someone from work, you can skip some of the early stages of getting to know them and move more quickly into a more serious relationship. You may also find that there are benefits to dating someone who understands your work life and can offer support and advice when needed.

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For many busy professionals, the idea of signing up for dating websites or apps is simply not feasible. There’s simply not enough time to wade through the endless stream of potential matches between work, family, and social obligations. You don’t have to deal with the games that come with dating sites and apps. And, unlike dating sites or apps, you don’t have to worry about whether or not the person you’re interested in is actually single.

One of the biggest advantages of dating someone you work with is that you already spend a lot of time together. This can be a great foundation for a strong relationship as you already have common interests and shared work life. Spending time together also means that you get to know each other quite well, which can be very beneficial in a relationship. You will get to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, and how to support each other both professionally and personally. In addition, dating someone from work can make your working life more enjoyable as you will have someone to socialize with and share common experiences with.

Cons

One of the biggest risks is that your relationship could end up getting in the way of your career. It’s important to remember that when you’re in a position of authority at work, a power dynamic can come into play in your relationship. If things start to go sour, it could affect your ability to do your job effectively. Additionally, it could be uncomfortable (or even impossible) to continue working together if you break up. Dating someone from work can also be tricky because it blurs the lines between your personal and professional life. It can be difficult to separate the two, and you may find yourself thinking about your relationship even when you’re supposed to be focusing on work.

People may talk about you or feel awkward around you if they know you’re dating. This can be especially true if you’re in a supervisory position or if there is a significant power differential between you and your partner. Additionally, it can be tough to continue working together if things don’t work out. You may feel like you have to avoid each other or limit communication, which can make things uncomfortable for everyone involved.

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If your company has a policy against workplace romances, you could face disciplinary action or even get fired if you’re caught dating someone from work. Even if you’re not technically breaking any rules, your boss may not be happy about the situation. It’s important to check with your HR department or company policy before you start dating someone from work.

First, consider whether there is a potential for conflict of interest. If you’re in the same department or working on the same project, dating could create tension or even put your job at risk. It’s important to weigh the pros and cons carefully before you take the plunge. Once you’ve decided that dating a coworker is right for you, there are a few things you can do to make sure it goes smoothly.

First, set some ground rules with your partner about how to behave at work. Agree on what you will and won’t do in front of other people, and agree to keep things professional when you’re on the clock.

Second, don’t let your relationship interfere with your work. If you’re spending more time talking to your partner than getting your work done, it’s time to reevaluate.

Finally, remember that dating someone at work doesn’t have to be complicated. If both of you are willing to make an effort, it can be a great way to build a strong relationship.

This article was written by Anabel Cooper and originally appeared on Your Coffee Break.

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