When you date someone you meet through work, you know what they look like, how they behave under stress and how they treat others. You’ll know if they have a good sense of humor and if they have a solid work ethic. If they have personality problems, their fellow workers will usually rat them out. These can be luxuries in the age of digital dating when what you see is not necessarily what you get.
People you meet through work will often be geographically desirable, unless they’re in the Omaha office and you’re in Maine. You won’t have to explain your company’s quirks and culture to them, and there’s a good chance you’ll have each other’s backs.
There can also be problems. So think of this chapter as the missing section from your employee handbook—on negotiating the workplace environment when a fellow employees’ legs are wrapped around yours when you are off the clock.
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Illustration by the incredible Daerick Gross, Sr.