But here’s the thing: Whether or not there are policies forbidding them, office relationships happen.A recent survey by Career Builder found that nearly 40% of employees admitted to having a romantic relationship with a co-worker.You may have already seen how he or she handles stress and treats peers.There’s also a good chance that, working for the same employer, the two of you enjoy similar work hours and holidays. Will dating someone at work change the way co-workers or supervisors regard you?And a whopping 31% of office relationships result in marriage—meaning they can't always be a bad idea, right?Here's how to make sure pursuing love won't cost you your job: Avoid Getting Involved with the Wrong Person According to the Career Builder survey, 24% of intra-office relationships were with someone higher up in the organization.As the old saying goes "you don't dip your pen in the company ink." In other words, you shouldn't get into a dating or sexual relationship with a co-worker.But consider this: according to a recent Workplace Options survey, nearly 85% of 18-29 year olds would have a romantic relationship with a co-worker, compared to just over 35% for 30-46 year olds and about 30% of 47-66 year olds.
If you become distracted by the excitement of your new romance—or distraught if that relationship goes awry—will you be less effective?
Just last month, Gary Friedman, the chief executive of Restoration Hardware, stepped down in the middle of the company's public offering. A couple years ago, Hewlett-Packard's chief executive, Mike Hurd, resigned amid accusations of falsifying expense reports to hide a personal relationship with an independent contractor.
The reason: an internal inquiry into his relationship with a 26-year-old female employee. As companies grow and add employees, you will often see signs of budding workplace relationships.
Chas Rampenthal is general counsel and vice president of product development at Legal Zoom.
He's also a former talk radio host (KTLK AM 1150 at Clear Channel) and an entrepreneur himself, as the founder of Legal Endeavor.
After firing CEO Dov Charney last month, American Apparel decided to update its company code of ethics with stricter guidelines regarding interoffice relationships.