Why You Should Never Date Your Boss

Just don't do it.Just don't do it.According to new reports, the chairman of Restoration Hardware has resigned from his job after the company discovered that he was in a relationship with a 26-year-old female employee. The employee has also reportedly left the company.

By Korin Miller

Okay, we get it-sometimes people fall in love at work. But there's a big difference between getting cozy with a coworker on your level, and dating the boss.

According to executive coach and management consultant Marc Dorio, starting a relationship with your boss is a no-win-situation for you. Why? It puts you in a vulnerable position. If you break up, you're in an awkward spot and, depending on the guy, he could make your work life total hell.

Related: How to Date a Coworker

And if you stay together, people will find out-not matter how discrete you are, says Dorio. Once that happens, any work success you have, like a promotion or raise, will be seen as a result of your relationship, not your hard work. Coworkers might also get jealous and try to sabotage you on the job (lame, but it happens).

Plus, if there's a company policy against it or someone can prove that you've gotten perks as the result of being the boss's girl, you're jeopardizing both of your careers.

Convinced your boss is The One? Get a new job ASAP, advises career expert Alexandra Levit, author of Blind Spots: The 10 Business Myths You Can't Afford to Believe on Your New Path to Success. Once you're settled in your new gig, you can pursue the relationship-and then you won't have to worry about the stress that comes with dating the boss.


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