A relationship psychologist has warned that indulging in a bad office romance could be bad for your career and even get you fired.
According to Quest News, despite the inherent complications of office romance, a recent RSVP Date of the Nation report found 28 percent of people were still hooking in to people they worked with.
But the consequences of a bad romance could result in loss of job, isolation and gossip according to relationship psychologist John Aiken.
"Research the HR policy so you know whether it is actually going to get you fired or not," News.com.au quoted him as saying.
"Don't kiss, touch or have sex in the office.
"Always have boundaries. Don't argue in public or in the office.
"If you're dating someone who is in a position of power over you like your boss, that can create some problems in terms of how you are treated in the office but also how others look at you in the office.
"People can feel somewhat uncomfortable, they might firstly think there is some favouritism going on and there might be jealousy.
"But also when you are with them you might find you are the target of gossip, rumours, jealousy,"' he said.
What follows is obviously the ugly break-up.
"If it doesn't work out you've got that awkwardness of seeing them every day but you might have dumped them or broken their heart. That can be very painful,'" he said.
"You need to have a conversation with someone that you're working with early on about breaking up, which is really unusual," Aiken added.