“It might be smarter for your career development to consider smaller changes instead of radical shifts,” she says.Maybe there’s an opportunity to switch to a different team or project, or to get some needed experience in a different department.After firing CEO Dov Charney last month, American Apparel decided to update its company code of ethics with stricter guidelines regarding interoffice relationships.According to the new policy, “No management-level employee may make sexual advances, welcome or unwelcome, toward any subordinate.” Considering Charney’s time with the company was riddled with allegations of sexual harassment, it’s no surprise that the company wants to take a more conservative approach to fraternization.“You can get a reputation, whether it’s earned or not,” Brownlee says.Dating a coworker has its pros and cons, but it’s definitely do-able if you know how to prevent problems.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.“If it’s serious, it’s probably a little harder to play it close to the vest.
Before deciding that you’d be willing to pack up your desk in some grand romantic gesture, Brownlee advises that you consider your skill set, resume and future goals.
If things turn south, the last thing you’ll want is someone gossiping about your private life or what you said about your boss after a particularly tough performance review.
Also, consider how much you’d continue having to work with the person after breaking up—or even how regularly you’re likely to run into him or her at work functions or around the water cooler.
“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.
A stunning 20% of people who told Career Builder that they had dated someone at the office admitted that at least one person in the relationship was married.
It’s especially important to apply boundaries when you’re dating a coworker, because they help you grow in freedom, honesty, and self-control.