How To Ask Your Coworker Out Without Getting Fired
Mar 06, 2013 10:38
While chatting up a coworker might seem like an exciting way to add a little thrill to an otherwise drab workweek, there are plenty of risks involved which include a potential sexual harassment lawsuit or even getting fired.
Of course, there is no harm in indulging in a little bit of office romance if both parties are single and act professional. According to a CareerBuilder survey of 4,000 U.S. workers, at least four out in 10 confessed to have dated a co-worker, and 30% of those romances led to marriage.
So while it seems you can find love in the workplace, The Wall Street Journal still offers a couple of tips on how to proceed without ruining your career prospects:
Simply asking a co-worker out isn't illegal, but proceed with utmost caution, [Anthony Oncidi, head of Proskauer Rose LLP's labor and employment group in Los Angeles], says. Telling a co-worker that you think he or she is hot could well be interpreted as sexual harassment (not to mention cheesy - Ed.), so pursue more subtle tack. Try asking your crush out to lunch with a group of other colleagues, for example, before proceeding to one-on-one activities, he says. Coming onto a colleague repeatedly if he or she is not interested can lead to complaints of a hostile work environment.
Another thing to keep in mind is to know your company's policies about inter-office dating before proceeding. And always have an exit plan in case your relationship fizzles out. As long you handle yourself well, even the worst-case scenario might result in just a little bit of awkwardness for about a week or two.
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