Hooking up with a coworker is a fantasy for some people. Others simply just fall for their fellow associate and can't fight the feeling. Regardless of the reasons behind why the extracurricular relationship initiated, it's still a delicate situation.
In fact, many companies have very strict rules to discourage intercompany canoodling. That's not really going to stop two people who are attracted to one another from hooking up. Here's what you should know before you decide to take the plunge with a co-worker.
1. Be clear what type of relationship you want.
Sometimes it's good to take things a day at a time, but not so much with coworkers. Not knowing where things are going and potentially playing with someone's emotions is a sure-fire way to make your work environment hostile. No matter if you're looking for a committed relationship or just a hookup, be upfront.
2. Affairs most often happen at work.
This might have nothing to do in your case, but people are most likely to cheat on their partner with someone from work.
3. Keep things quiet.
It's always a good idea to keep your relationship under wraps for a while. You don't want everyone in the office mixed up in your personal business. Plus if things don't go as planned, you won't have to answer any awkward questions from your fellow co-workers.
4. Know company policy.
The last thing you want to do is jeopardise your career. If your workplace strictly prohibits office relationships you may want to hold off until one of you moves on to another company.
5. Things can terribly go wrong.
When normal relationships don't work out you can easily ignore that person and move forward with your life. That can't happen with a coworker. Regardless of what happens, it's important that both of you have to be adults about the situation, at least at work.