Ask Vicki: Is it bad to date a co-worker?
In this answer on Quora, Monster Career Expert Vicki Salemi debates whether it is OK to be romantically involved with a work colleague.
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Q. Is it bad to date a co-worker?
A. Yes, it’s always a bad idea to date a co-worker. Even if you have an innocent work crush on someone, keep it at that level and don’t cross that line. When there aren’t any blatant conflicts of interest (i.e. when they are your manager), continue to resist temptation and keep things professional. Cupid does not belong in the conference room.
There are too many scenarios when it doesn’t work out, and then you’re stuck working with that colleague. Or even when it does work out, dating may feel challenging enough in the beginning—let alone having to see the person on a regular, daily basis, which can impact your performance at work, concentration and productivity, as well as others around you.
Consider this: At some point when one of you no longer works for the same employer, then yes, you may feel free to pursue a potential relationship.
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