Work dating relationships

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Be Direct So what to do if you find yourself lusting after the project manager down the hall?

Here's the rule: You get only one shot at asking out a coworker.

As Anna, 27, who dated a coworker for seven months, points out, "It's hard to pretend like you're not dating someone for eight hours a day." But you can do your best to make others comfortable by nixing the "We're so cute" act.

"People are out with long knives for the happy couple," says Green.

Tell Your Company Another rule of office relationships: If things get serious, disclose.

Yes, it's embarrassing, but you'll be glad you did.

But their co-working is going smoothly as a result.

If you ask repeatedly, says Green, you risk creating a hostile work environment for your crush, which can be defined as harassment.

And if a colleague asks you out and won't take no for an answer, that may be harassment, and you should consider talking to HR. If you make out with someone at the holiday party, bite the bullet and ask about the person's intentions afterward.

"Older generations saw work as a separate place," says Renee Cowan, Ph.

D., an assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio who studies office relationships.

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