It is when one coworker is in a position of authority over the other one that the worse abuses occur.
If a couple finds they cannot resist the temptation of such a relationship I would encourage them to consult an attorney to protect both of them.
already looked into the company policy, so you understand which superiors need to know. “In the early, casual stages, it’s probably better to keep it quiet,” says Brownlee.
“If it’s serious, it’s probably a little harder to play it close to the vest.
But here’s the thing: Whether or not there are policies forbidding them, office relationships happen.
A recent survey by Career Builder found that nearly 40% of employees admitted to having a romantic relationship with a co-worker.
“You’re creating a climate where people are going to see bias whether there really is bias or not.” Relationships with your peers are generally more acceptable—assuming they’re unhitched.
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.
Maybe there’s an opportunity to switch to a different team or project, or to get some needed experience in a different department.Know Your Company’s Policy Before the First Date Some companies have very strict rules about relationships, and you should understand those boundaries—and the possible consequences of crossing them.“Of course we know those policies aren’t always adhered to,” says Jacqueline Whitmore, founder of etiquetteexpert.com, “but it certainly should be considered, especially if there’s a policy that says, ‘We won’t hire married couples.'” In other words, assuming you think this relationship could get serious enough to get to the altar, you could end up having to choose between your lover and your livelihood. Of people surveyed by Workplace Options, 57% said they’d opt to protect their career, but 43% said they would lean towards leaving their jobs.And a whopping 31% of office relationships result in marriage—meaning they can’t always be a bad idea, right?Here’s how to make sure pursuing love won’t cost you your job: Avoid Getting Involved with the Wrong Person According to the Career Builder survey, 24% of intra-office relationships were with someone higher up in the organization.