Maybe there's an opportunity to switch to a different team or project, or to get some needed experience in a different department.Consider the Worst-Case Scenario With 7% of respondents to the Career Builder survey saying they had to leave a job after a breakup, you'll be glad you did some critical thinking before jumping into any new relationship with a colleague.That doesn't mean co-workers aren't swapping spit in the supply closet when you aren't paying attention.
Make sure you are both clear about who will know about the relationship and when.Dana Brownlee, president of professional training development company Professionalism Matters, advises against initiating a romance with your manager, or, likewise, with anyone who reports to you directly or indirectly."If you're a manager, you should be held to a higher standard," she says."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.Not all office mating signs are so obvious, but sometimes even the stealthiest of hookups slip up.Here are five tell-tale signs that your co-worker may be making a move on the hottie down the hall.
You've 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.