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And a whopping 31% of office relationships result in marriage—meaning they can’t always be a bad idea, right?

Here’s how to make sure pursuing love won’t cost you your job: Avoid Getting Involved with the Wrong Person According to the Career Builder survey, 24% of intra-office relationships were with someone higher up in the organization.

In any other dating scenario, you might be eager to jump in bed with your crush a week after meeting, but in this case, rush.

Get to know the new guy as a friend before you two cross the line.

But here’s the thing: Whether or not there are policies forbidding them, office relationships happen.

A recent survey by Career Builder found that nearly 40% of employees admitted to having a romantic relationship with a co-worker.

“It can make for a very uncomfortable situation,” she says Whitmore.

Maybe there’s an opportunity to switch to a different team or project, or to get some needed experience in a different department.

Does your company strictly prohibit relationships of any kind?

Before deciding that you’d be willing to pack up your desk in some grand romantic gesture, Brownlee advises that you consider your skill set, resume and future goals.

Dana Brownlee, president of professional training development company Professionalism Matters, advises against initiating a romance with your manager, or, likewise, with anyone who reports to you directly or indirectly.

“If you’re a manager, you should be held to a higher standard,” she says.

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