Is dating a co worker a good idea

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Some of my friends who have dated at work are warning me not to mix business and pleasure, but I figure we’re both grown-ups.

Is there any real reason not to give it a shot, as far as potential impact on my career or professional standing?

I work in a small office, and I’ve recently become close with one of my coworkers.

There’s been some flirting, and I think she’d say yes if I asked her out.

It seems like a perfect opportunity to meet people with who you share similar tastes, interests and values; it also relieves the tediousness of being in a boring desk job.

A new romance brings in a sense of danger, excitement, having your own secret.

Imagine seeing your ex at work every day, it always takes a huge effort to be civil and not betray any bitter emotions you may have boiling underneath.

Sure they make everything a lot more exciting, but have you considered, what will happen once the initial feeling of love wanes?

You don't want to be too forward, but you want to show him or her that you're interested.

Suppose your ex turns out to a psychotic maniac, suppose they file a claim with human resources about something harmless you might have done, just to get revenge?

If your relationship ends on a bad note, your ex might claim you were making unwanted advances?

As long as you are polite and respectful when you ask your coworker out, and so long as you can both keep your workplace relationship professional, you should have nothing to worry about.

However, it's always a good idea to check with your employee handbook or human resources representative about any workplace dating policies first so that you can avoid potential problems down the line.

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