Plus, if the two of you are uncomfortable around each other while working on a common project, your performance may suffer—and that could in turn hurt your prospects for promotions or raises.
A stunning 20% of people who told Career Builder that they had dated someone at the office admitted that at least one person in the relationship was married.
Perhaps that makes sense given the amount of time we spend at work: In an office relationship, you can relate to the struggles someone faces from 9 to 5, says Brownlee.
You've already looked into the company policy, so you understand which superiors need to know. "In the early, casual stages, it's probably better to keep it quiet," says Brownlee.
"If it's serious, it's probably a little harder to play it close to the vest.
First of all, ask yourself how well you know your potential partner.
If things turn south, the last thing you'll want is someone gossiping about your private life or what you said about your boss after a particularly tough performance review.
But here’s the thing: Whether or not there are policies forbidding them, office relationships happen.
A recent survey by Career Builder found that nearly 40% of employees admitted to having a romantic relationship with a co-worker.
And when coworkers eventually find out, you may be the subject of ridicule and suspicion: If you want people to focus on your professional abilities, don't give them reasons to fuel the rumor mill.