But try your hardest not to let your disagreements with your partner affect the decisions you make or how your treat others at work.It's unfair and unethical to give your significant other's work more attention and to make decisions that ultimately benefit them.costars, who PEOPLE reported were dating in July, were spotted sitting next to each other in the audience Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center during Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue at the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday.She wore a flowing off-the shoulder brown gown, while he rocked a classic black tuxedo.Check the company handbook to find out if there are any policies related to interoffice relationships.Even if there are no explicit policies against it, find out how upper management feels about office romances."Since the sensitivities of the workforce are varied and subjective, there's always a risk of offending someone.One complaint to HR for PDA, showing preferential treatment, or using words of endearment in public will at the very least trigger an investigation." "Be careful what you text or email to each other, not just because Steve in accounting might fall off his chair when he mistakenly receives it — but also because it could ultimately be used as evidence in a legal case in termination or sexual harassment," she warns.
People either don't care, will think it's obnoxious or inappropriate, or will get jealous. Once you have a sense that this might have a future, talk to your partner and decide how and when you want to disclose your relationships to your colleagues.
Don't get caught up in long conversations, two-hour lunches, IMing, or emailing with your partner when you should be working on projects or preparing for meetings.
"Employees are generally encouraged to report incidents of sexual harassment or events that create a hostile work environment," says Taylor.
You and your new partner need to agree on some ground rules and come up with a plan for how you will keep it professional and stay within written or unwritten rules.
"What will be your plan 'B' if the heat is on from a supervisor, from gossip, or if things go awry? "You may have the burden of overcompensating with professionalism and keeping an artificial distance, which can be an awkward strain," says Taylor.