People are losing their jobs and how! Even though recession is to blame, other factors might get you the pink slip too! Most importantly, your harmless fling with a colleague could act against you.
Flirting at office may not be altogether unavoidable. However, it helps to keep some things in mind before you go ahead with office romance. You never know, these rules might help you save your career!
A little foresight helps a lot: Like your manager? Know what you are getting into before taking your relationship to the next level. Should things not work in your favour, then you know what to expect — long hours at work, boss picking on you for no apparent reason and most importantly, bad appraisals!
Say no to extra-marital affairs: Never mind who made the first move; it's easy to get into a fling with your colleague at work as it's convenient. Even if your spouse forgives you, don't be so sure of the company. For, no organization will appreciate infidelity!
Stick to the unwritten law: Yes, it's an unwritten rule that no romantic communication with a colleague should be in recorded form. With technology making communication instant, it's easy to happily chat away and send mushy text messages and ecards ...However, anything recorded in written format may act against you when you least expect it. A boss reading aloud your love notes would be embarrassing.
Don't make it obvious: When love is in the air, it's natural to go overboard — you feel like the world has stopped, hours seem longer than usual, urge to keep talking to your lover or thinking about how he made you feel! Well, well, keep a check on your emotions. And DO NOT bring to office your fights and make your relationship the topic of discussion among colleagues.
Be professional: Just because you are romantically involved with your boss or team member doesn't mean you treat the person differently in office. Do not mix business with pleasure.
It helps to be secretive: It's not easy to hide your relationship at workplace. The news is bound to get out at some time or the other. However, don't volunteer the information and share every bit of your romance with your colleague. You never know when it will boomerang.
Save it for after hours: Despite being extra careful to avoid office hookup, you never realised when the cupid struck! And all you want to do is pour out your feelings to your colleagues and also enjoy some stolen moments in office. It would be wise to control your emotions and hold it till you both finish work. You can spare yourselves the embarrassment of being caught and save your job too.
Take rejection in your stride: If a guy isn't positively responding to you showing interest in him, then you might as well put a full stop there. Pushing it too much might land you in trouble.