Dating at the workplace
"They should not feel intimidated and therefore obligated to accept."As is the case with any romantic or sexual rejection, be respectful if they turn you down.
And since you're probably at work (or will at least, have to see your crush at work eventually), try to diffuse the situation.
With the Tarana Burke's #Me Too Movement gaining more visibility in recent years, more conversations, both positive and negative, are happening about sex, consent, boundaries, and the workplace.
The main goal is to make sure that everyone, both you and your work crush, feel comfortable and safe at work.
Maybe I'm just a sucker for romance, but there's nothing more thrill-inducing than developing a new crush.
"So it is best to thoroughly review each policy, and [it] can even be helpful to talk to managers or HR team members if the policies are not clearly spelled out." And more than the rules on the books, take the temperature of your office.
Between staff meetings, happy hours, and collaborating on projects each day, you really get to know someone. While falling for a colleague may seem only natural, says Dana Goren, head of human resources at HR tech company Hibob, "It is important to be cautious when entering this type of relationship." The first issue that might come up is your company's policy on romantic and sexual relationships between employees.
Some companies straight-up ban any type of relationship.
"If you sense there is not a mutual interest, or any sense of discomfort do not proceed.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is more common than is reported and you don’t want to take any chances if a person is presenting in a vague or distant manner," Smedley says.