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You are going to spend a lot of time at work. This is especially true early in your career as you use youth to outpace others. The ratio of women to men is increasing as more and more women join the workplace. Companies encourage teamwork, honest communication, and after hours interaction. Most work environments bring together people who share your economic, social, and education level. Those dynamics are combined with being young and passionate with a new steady source of income. It is a bittersweet recipe for romance.
Most advice regarding office romance will tell you to be discreet, steer clear of your managers and subordinates and review the HR policies. That advice assumes you are going to stay with a company and can successfully navigate the political hailstorm you will fall into. The better advice – advice that is both easy and foolproof – is just don’t do it.
Don’t do it. You will want to, but don’t. What about that really cute girl who flirts with me? Don’t. What if I really dig the guy in accounting? Don’t. What about my manager who says he can “take me far”? Really don’t.
Below is a handy chart for when to pursue your office romance
The fact is office romance is prevalent. So is surfing for porn at work. The best advice early on is to avoid both. You may find a date, but you’re not likely to find your soul mate. In the mean time, you will have to deal with increased HR scrutiny, jealous coworkers, office rumors, productivity losses, suspicion of favoritism, potential career damage, loss of power and the threat of sexual harassment lawsuits. And that’s only if you’re dating.
DJ1.0 will be posting a series of articles on TechDarkSide, chronicling the follies of learning the hard way.