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Should you date that office hottie?

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 08, 2012
First Published: 17:54 IST(8/9/2012) | Last Updated: 00:05 IST(9/9/2012)
If you have been thinking of dating that hot looking gal in your workplace, read what this new study has to say. Half of workers think a romance between colleagues is acceptable as long as they do not work directly with each other, according to the Australian  survey. The Australian poll found that about 47 % of workers believe that it is okay for co-workers to date only as long as they do not deal with each other directly, News.com.au, an Australian news portal reported.

Corporate and personal image consultant Cosimina Nesci said romance between co-workers was once considered a no-no. But longer working hours meant more people were finding love at work. “If you’re going to do it, then you really need to be ... aware of the consequences,” she said. “Most people think that no one is going to know about it but somebody will know about it,” she added.

Closer home, while experts say being in a relationship with a co-worker has some advantages such as better bonding and spending quality time with each other, it could also send your career downhill if you are not careful. It could result in awkward situations,  mar your  reputation, and even cost you your job in some cases,” says relationship expert Jai Madan.

The situation turns pretty complex if one of the partners is at a superior position.“You can’t assert your position in front of someone you’re dating, your judgment often becomes biased, and without realising you end up shielding that person even when you know he/she is wrong. It can make your work suffer and earn you the ire of others in office,” says psychologist Rumy Agarwal.

Experts suggest avoiding everything that could make others point fingers on you. Don’t stick around with each other all the time. “It’s not healthy for your career to be branded that couple in your office.

And remember that display of affection in office too can ruin your image and make you look totally unprofessional, she warns.  

-with  inputs from ani
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