Before you launch into a full-fledged office romance with the cutie from payroll, take a look at this checklist to see if you’ve really got the chops to date someone you work with:
9 Signs You Can Handle an Office Romance:
☑Your partner isn’t your manager. (Seriously.)
☑ You know that furtive eye-contact, texts, and occasional flirting when no one is around is okay, but blatant giggling/hanging out at each other’s desks all day is not.
☑ You can differentiate between treating them like a coworker during the day, and a date at night.
☑ You’re discreet in the beginning, but fully ready to disclose the relationship to your coworkers once it becomes serious.(Don’t try to keep it a secret. They’ll find out. They always find out.)
☑ You don’t use the office email system for daytime sexting. (That’s what your cellphone is for.)
☑ You have a break-up contingency plan for how you guys will deal if things happen to turn sour.
☑ You know that lunch isn’t an excuse to engage full-on couple mode. It’s just lunch.
☑ Serious relationship conversations are never brought up during work hours, even if you see the person you’re dating more at work than after work.
☑You really, really, really, really like the person. (Because, otherwise, an office-romance probably isn’t worth it.)