Never date people you work with? You can date coworkers. In a worst-case scenario, you might be violating a workplace rule and lose your job over it.
The workplace is a perfectly wonderful place to meet a person and start a romantic relationship. You have to be professional about it, of course. You can't play footsie under the conference room table and annoy your co-workers, but of course you can date a co-worker, and there's no good reason not to.
Dear Lifehacker, I just recently started dating someone that I work with. We both want to continue our relationship, but we're not sure how to involve our mutual employer. Should we contact HR?
Spending a lot of time with your colleagues means you form some great friendships, but it also means the lines can blur a little. You might find the people you considered friends are suddenly becoming attractive. This could be a genuine romantic connection blossoming, or it could be something called "vicinity attraction," where you start to have feelings for someone simply because you've spent a lot of time together. That's not to say it's a less viable way of starting a relationship, but you might want to take a step back and see if the relationship also works outside the office before you commit to anything.
When it comes to dating a coworker, there's one general rule: Don't do it. But sometimes, that's way easier said than done — especially if your job requires you to spend long hours and tight cubicles with the same person. Tempting and steamy as it may be, it can also turn out to be super awkward and traumatic — something we all saw unfold on the first season of UnREAL and — spoiler alert!
And inter-workplace dating can beat swiping through hundreds of singles on an app. Plus, your cubicle crush could one day be your long-term mate full disclosure: I married my office fling! Allow our experts — and other Cosmo readers — to set some love-at-work ground rules.
Office romances have been around for as long as offices or other workplaces. Because of the amount of time we spend at work, side by side with our coworkers, our social lives and professional lives often become entwined. Those relationships are sometimes quite intimate, even when they aren't romantic.
Eyeing that cute girl who sits in the cube next to you? You're not alone. But dating your coworker isn't exactly a straightforward situation. For instance, if things go south, running into your now ex-girlfriend becomes inevitable.
If your eyebrows are raised, good. We dated for four years, and we managed to outlast our involvement at the company, but ultimately it was one big, longwinded learning experience. As I mentioned, my parents met at work.
Dating can be hard, but it can be all the more difficult if you are interested in a coworker. Having to worry about company policy, your peers and your supervisor can really put a damper on a romantic connection. However, if you are interested in one of your coworkers, you can date them by first initiating a romance, maintaining professional boundaries, and working to develop your relationship. Make some observations or ask around to find out if your co-worker is available.