Have a thing for the guy who sits next to the printer? According to a survey, 56 percent of American business professionals say they've had some kind of romantic relationship with a coworker—whether that's a random hookup at the office holiday party or a long-term partnership that ultimately led to marriage.While an office romance might sound like a recipe for disaster (and in some cases against corporate policy), there are ways to make sure the situation doesn't end in heartbreak or employment termination.1. Likewise, avoid starting a relationship with someone who works for you.They may become paranoid about the closeness of your alliance, concerned that you’re discussing office politics or your co-workers outside of the office.Read more: Red roses and thorny issues: The rights of office romance In the unfortunate situation that your relationship breaks down, it may cause friction in the workplace, particularly if the split was acrimonious or one of you feels you’ve been badly treated by the other.Find out what the policy is on inter-office dating.Most medium- to large-sized companies have legal guidelines for romance between coworkers.But here’s the thing: Whether or not there are policies forbidding them, office relationships happen.
If the company absolutely does not allow co-workers to date, you could be terminated if they found out. Wait until after work, when you two can hightail it to either person's apartment or out for an intimate dinner.5. If dating at work is allowed, there's no need to send an office-wide memo with a photo of you two in a lip-lock.You may feel more self-conscious or shy and be less forthcoming in meetings.If your colleagues become aware of the relationship, they may also start to doubt your productivity, which – justified or not – could lead to resentments and undermine your professionalism.Logic tells you your romantic involvement will impact your coworkers directly.If you sit together in the company cafeteria, will people now feel they should give you privacy?