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As you stand in the elevator, smiling and giggling with your co-worker, think about the consequences. In that moment, the attention is appreciated and fairly innocent… until the opportunity to take things further presents itself. Let’s face it, the workplace is your second home. And, we’ve all heard of the terms “work boyfriend” or “work girlfriend.” However, work relationships don’t all end in a fairy tale, that’s why they should be avoided at all costs!

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Here’s 5 reasons you should avoid temptation in the workplace!

You’re in a relationship

Perhaps your relationship at home isn’t going well, and you desperately seek someone to ignite that flame that seems to be down to scarce embers, pursuing a relationship with a co-worker may seem intriguing. However, if your current partner found out, that could endanger your colleague and your job! Let alone, ruin a relationship that could possibly have been revived!

Your reputation

Let’s face it, women have a harder time than men, advancing in the workplace. Women (most of the time) have to outwork their counterparts for respect and engaging in any sexual or inappropriate behavior around the fax machine could endanger your credibility.

It’s unprofessional

Depending on your work environment, whether it is loose or strict, it is important that you maintain a level of professionalism. This means monitoring your behavior and actions around the workplace and behaving in a respectable and safe manner.

The aftermath

Let’s say you decide to take the risk and become romantically involved with a co-worker. Your anticipation of a hot night filled with forbidden passion turned into a waste of clean panties. Imagine how brutally awkward it would be the next day!

Water cooler material

Countering our fourth argument, that hot night of passion could be exactly what you anticipated. And even better for them! But, let’s say he tells a colleague and you tell a colleague, the next thing you know, your private romance, is the main conversation by the water cooler!

Work romances don’t always end with a #FAIL, but more times than not, it ends bad and then what are you to do? Unless your resume is on the level of Blue Ivy’s nanny, finding a job in this economy isn’t so easy to do. If ever in doubt, remember the old cliche, “don’t s**t where you eat!”

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