Crushing on your colleauge in the cube across the office arena? Don’t make a move without reading this first! Here are 7 must follow rules for office romance.
1. UNDERSTAND SIGNALS
Don’t misread the signals. It can be dangerous. Is he smiling at you only or he or she is smiling at everyone the way you don’t like? Is he or she is trying to talk to you or tries to grab lunch with only you? Are the compliments coming your way are often now? He offers you a lift till home or the nearest station? If you think he’s interested then look for such signals. If he or she is approaching you or helping you out of his way, then chances of nurturing romance is positive.
2. DRESS WELL BUT NOT TO IMPRESS
Are you dressing up nicely everyday just to catch his attention? If yes, then don’t try too hard to catch his attention. It only takes a good color lipstick, some new haircut, a decent dress and a bright smile. Keep an understated look to avoid glaring eyes of fellow colleagues.
3. DECIDE WHETHER TO REVEAL TO COLLEAGUES OR NOT
It is your life and nobody can stop you from taking decision so, it depends entirely upon you whom you want to disclose your relation to. If you don’t want to become a hot topic in office gossip, it is best to tell none or maybe a close colleague. That way people will lose interest and friends won’t feel neglected. On the other hand, be aware that workplace relationships can incite jealousy.
4. BE CAREFUL WITH E-MAILS
Never use your professional email id to send personal mails like love messages and anything that can create trouble for you. It is just a matter of hitting the wrong key and the whole building will know about your secret relationship. It’s likely that your company can access your e-mails. So be cautious.
5. READ THE LAW BEFORE PROPOSING
Although there are no specific laws that prevent office romances, your company might have its own policy. For instance, a company would be worried if the head of IT was in a relationship with another employee. Important security information could be transferred during pillow talk.
6. ASK HIM TO MARRY YOU
According to research, half of all workplace romances result in marriage. But don’t be in a hurry, give yourself some time and when you have decided to spend the rest of your life with the same person then simply ask for marriage.
7. MAKE SURE YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE
Are you the only one, or you are just an addition to the list??
If you’re going to risk your career, friends and livelihood then make sure he’s worth it. If you know you’re not the first office conquest, then be clear with the words, talk to him about the past relations and if you are convinced and found himself to be your prince charming and declare your love.