From Frisky to Risky: the Do’s and Don’ts of Workplace Romance

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From Frisky to Risky: the Do’s and Don’ts of Workplace Romance

This blog is written by Hannah, our Intern Queen intern and campus ambassador for Loyola Marymount University.

It’s day one of your new summer internship and you are stoked. Not just because the job is a fantastic opportunity, but because one of the other summer interns is a total babe. Yep, (s)he’s good looking, well-spoken, driven, and his/her iTunes playlist matches your musical interests like peanut butter and jelly. What do you do now? You don’t want to jeopardize your new gig but you can’t possibly go all summer drooling over the object of your desire and never asking him/her out. Follow these simple do’s and don’ts and you should be able to have your man cake and eat it too.


Think before you speak. Hormones are raging, but think about what you are getting yourself into before you start going in for the kill. If you regret it later, you’re in for one awkward summer.

Make observations. Are office romances welcomed or looked down upon? Are your superiors in relationships that affect the workplace? Is the office family-friendly?

Keep it private. By no means should it affect your relationship in the office. Think McDreamy and Meredith Grey.

Remember what you are there for. For goodness sakes, do NOT be those people sneaking off to the supply room to make out. Are you trying to ruin your career? You are there to work first and foremost.


Bring emotions to work. So (s)he stood you up. Or was caught texting the ex. Or left before breakfast (ouch). Leave those emotions in the car and continue your day.

Make others uncomfortable. Googly eyes. Pet names. Kissy face. Notes. PDA. Gross.

Ignore office policy. Talk to HR, see what’s up and don’t ignore the rules, even if the rules say no dating.

Follow these simple rules and you should not have any issues with your employer. If your dream lady or sir ends up not being so dreamy…I can’t help you with that. So good luck!