The Dangers of Dating a Coworker

by AskMen.com

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While dating a coworker might seem like a wild, adventurous thrill ride that could make an otherwise drab workweek that much more exciting, there are a few key factors to keep in mind before taking the plunge into an office romance.

These points are critical, especially for those of you who are trying to advance your career in a small office environment.

Size Matters

A small- to medium-size office can be a potentially disastrous place to find oneself attracted to a colleague. While falling for a coworker isn't necessarily advised in any office environment, this holds especially true in a small workplace where everyone is into everyone else's business - both personal and work-related.

On the other hand, it's only natural to find yourself attracted to someone you work with closely day in and day out. While larger offices are generally more impersonal, smaller work environments tend to create the type of closeness that can lead to the development of a romantic relationship .

The Conditions Are Right

Plus, when
getting involved with a coworker, chances are that you can bypass all the intricate steps that are required to attract and impress from the get-go.

You are already in direct contact with them on a daily basis, you talk about life and work, you have coffee and perhaps the occasional lunch here and there, it's almost as if the early stages of the dating game have already been taken care of.

To Leap or Not to Leap?

But at what point do you decide if it's worth your while - and potentially your future at that job - to take the next step and become involved with your coworker? Well, before you make any drastic decisions, our
best advice is to take a closer look at all the potential benefits and disasters that could be associated with this new career move.

Then - and only then - can you truly ask yourself: "Does the play outweigh the price I may have to pay?"

The Benefits

As with most new relationships , the real excitement comes in the early stages: the flirting, the secret emails, the smiles and sexual glances, the playful jokes and letters. These are all bonuses that will most definitely bring joy to your long, hard day at the office. Let's take a look at some of the specific benefits.

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