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... Tips for an office romance Tips for an office romance

31 August 2007

In recognition of the workplace's role in social interacting, not to mention dating, careers consultant Andrea Kay told CNN some tips for pulling off a successful office romance.

Her first piece of advice is to think before you speak. Who really needs to know about your relationship? Could you risk losing your job

Secondly, it is important to be professional. Water-cooler gossip could make you feel left out if your relationship becomes the subject of discussion.

It could also be seen that your decision are affected by your relationship.

Make sure you know your company's rules about office relationships. Do you have to inform anyone? Is it permitted at all? In the US just ten per cent of companies have relationship contracts, with even fewer implementing this in the UK.

Her last tip is to weigh up the risks - would you risk losing your job for this relationship.

Ms Kay said: "You need to think about the downside as well as the upside and whether you have the wherewithal, the communications skills, the good judgement and the ability to manage your behaviour professional and have a romantic relationship.

"I know people who have left the company once there was a policy that you couldn’t be married or you couldn’t date."ADNFCR-1016-ID-18264288-ADNFCR

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