Dating a friend and coworker
According to IOL, South African labour law currently has no policy referring to workplace dating but it is up to individual organisations to create their own in-house policies.Read: She’s five months pregnant but wants to start dating An article by Zoosk stated that in a survey by Office Romance Survey, 51% of business professionals have reported that they have participated in some type of workplace relationship.“Disclosing the relationship and following the rules may potentially protect you and/or your partner from issues related to sexual harassment,” says Rebecca M. D., a professor in the College College of Business at Frostburg State University who studies workplace relationships.If there are no corporate hurdles standing in your way, the first thing you need to do is find out a stranger’s relationship status. While a ring on a finger is an obvious indicator, photos on someone’s desk or workspace can also be a big clue a person is taken.Psyched because the lady of your dreams told you she’s single?Not so fast: “You have to understand what that means,” says Bartell.
Build off of that friendship: “If it’s someone at work, you need to come pretty far in the platonic part of the relationship before it turns romantic,” says Bartell.
Some companies ban office romance outright, while others ban dating among direct colleagues, such as superiors and juniors (and teammates).
You should consult your employee handbook, and if that's not clear, ask your HR department directly.
So if you find that you’re crushing pretty hard on someone in a nearby cube, don’t worry: you’re definitely not alone. Your office isn't exactly a singles bar, and the line between becoming a “boyfriend” and a “creep” in the corporate world is always a fine one.
(And, frankly, there’s no guarantee that your company will smile upon your budding romance, either.) To ensure that you come out of this situation with both your heart and your career intact, consider this your handy guide—just don’t forget to brush up on your game with 15 Ways to Impress Any Woman. D., a clinical psychologist with a specialty in interpersonal and work relationships.
(Remember: that's what they're there for.) If you’re not careful, flirting could get you in real trouble, or even be considered sexual harassment.