Q. I’m attracted to one of the employees at my internship. What’s your opinion of office romances?

A. Office romances at your internship are a no-no—unless you want to endanger that employee’s career future, and you’re not concerned about your own future with this company. Many companies restrict office romances because they feel such a relationship distracts a productive employee from concentrating on his/her job. Here’s how to avoid such negative scenarios:

  1. Remain neutral. Don’t show any romantic inclinations in the office or play favorites with your co-workers.
  2. Refrain from sending notes to the object of your affection or from calling him/her on your cell phone during office hours. Your co-workers will catch on even if you think you’re being discreet.
  3. Avoid secret meetings outside the office. Someone will inevitably see you and report back to the office, and the gossip will start. Also, you’ll get a reputation for being sly or underhanded, which won’t help your internship be a success.
  4. Be patient. Wait until after you’ve completed your internship to develop a relationship with one of your former co-workers. Keep in mind that if you intend to turn your internship into a permanent job, you might have to find a romantic interest elsewhere or choose a different company.
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