Why dating your boss is a bad idea

By Miss Kes

Friday, April 20, 2018

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It is understandable that people who share many hours together may get involved outside the professional environment, and that's why office romances are a feature in organisations world over.

But while it may be OK to date your cubicle buddy, going above that and getting involved with the boss will do more harm than good.

Here's why:

It can limit how far you go in the company

Whether the relationship continues or goes sour, it will definitely put a cap on how far you will progress. Because the last thing your boss will want to do is give the rest of the staff the impression that he's playing favourites with you. And if the relationship goes sour, you'd better know that your boss is going to block you from opportunities.

You'll have a problem getting references

Seeking another a job will be a challenge should the new job request a reference from your old job and your ex, who happens to still be the boss, has to write that reference. He could either elevate you or ruin you with the reference, depending on what happened in the relationship.

It will damage your relationship with colleagues

Your coworkers will always have their eyes on you. You will be the fodder of gossip, especially if they think you are being treated better than they are. Even if you are working hard for your promotion, they will still feel that your progress was the result of your relationship with the boss.

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