Office Romance

Via Johanna: The Rules of Office Romance, on Information Technology Dark Side.

Most advice regarding office romance will tell you to be discreet, steer clear of your managers and subordinates and review the HR policies. That advice assumes you are going to stay with a company and can successfully navigate the political hailstorm you will fall into. The better advice – advice that is both easy and foolproof – is just don’t do it.

And if you fail to follow this clear cut advice…

In the mean time, you will have to deal with increased HR scrutiny, jealous coworkers, office rumors, productivity losses, suspicion of favoritism, potential career damage, loss of power and the threat of sexual harassment lawsuits.

That’s while you are dating. When you break up, it gets really ugly.

The original post also includes a handy chart to help you determine when to pursue an office romance.