That’s a million dollar question! Dating your coworker or boss, why not? It’s someone you see at least five days a week, eight hours or more a day. What’s the harm?
Well, it’s probably not a good idea to date your boss, as this could cause problems down the line.
Imagine you’re in the company cafeteria talking to the coworker you date. Sally and John walk in and immediately start staring and whispering to themselves about the both of you. You know they’re talking about you because they look in your direction continuously while they whisper.
You and the coworker you date instantly feel very uncomfortable. The reaction from Sally and John filled both of you with doubt. This will make you think to yourselves that it may have been a mistake for you to have lunch together in the cafeteria where you work.
You’re now going to be the topic of your other coworker’s conversation you believe, thanks to Sally and John who are known in the workplace as the king and queen of gossip. Both of you now wonder if you should be dating and what you were thinking when you decided to have lunch together in the company’s cafeteria anyway.
What type of problems could dating your coworker or boss cause? Well, what if you get into an argument at home and when you go back to work, you still have to see that person? If that person is your boss, then you could possibly lose a promotion you’ve worked hard for. Or maybe you have to walk on eggshells while you’re at work. This could create a very uneasy atmosphere.
On the other hand, perhaps you’re getting along well with the coworker or boss while dating. Your coworkers may think you’re getting special treatment. This is especially true if your boss gives you a promotion. This could cause a huge issue for you both.
Separation is Key
If you can’t resist dating your coworker or boss, consider keeping your personal relationship outside of the workplace. When you participate in this type of relationship, keep it professional in the office and personal outside. This is key in keeping the workplace rumor mill to a minimum.
Only you will know if dating your coworker or boss will be a good idea for you. If you don’t believe this will cause a problem, then go for it! There are many people that have found their soul mates in the workplace. So do what makes you happy, after all, you are in control of your own destiny and love life.