Expert commentary on when and how to go about conducting a romantic relationship with a colleague

Dating a co-worker is not as simple as dating a person you’ve only just met. The problems arise if the relationship goes sour and you still have to see each other everyday. You need to consider this before you even think about moving forward with a relationship.

If you do decide to take your relationship to the next level then you need to keep it professional in the workplace. Keep your kisses and cuddles for after hours so as to not make your other co-workers uncomfortable, annoy your boss or distract you from your work.

It’s important to be open and honest with your co-workers about the relationship to avoid any trust issues but you don’t need to rub it in their faces.

Have you checked your companies policies? Some companies don’t allow romantic relationships between their staff members. You need to find this out first.

If you do end up breaking up then you both need to keep it professional in the office. A bad relationship is not worth losing your job over.

Ieva Kubiliute

Ieva Kubiliute is a psychologist and a sex and relationships advisor and a freelance writer. She's also a consultant to several health and wellness brands. While Ieva specialises in covering wellness topics ranging from fitness and nutrition, to mental wellbeing, sex and relationships and health conditions, she has written across a diverse range of lifestyle topics, including beauty and travel. Career highlights so far include: luxury spa-hopping in Spain and joining an £18k-a-year London gym. Someone’s got to do it! When she’s not typing away at her desk—or interviewing experts and case studies, Ieva winds down with yoga, a good movie and great skincare (affordable of course, there’s little she doesn’t know about budget beauty). Things that bring her endless joy: digital detoxes, oat milk lattes and long country walks (and sometimes jogs).

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