Romance at the copier? Beware, say experts

Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:10am EST
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By Jo Bryant

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Is romance blossoming at the water-cooler?

A relationship with a colleague, no matter how casual, is a serious undertaking and should be approached with caution.

Consider the practicalities and consequences - if things turn sour, you might have to move on. Think very carefully before embarking upon an office romance.

Question Time - Be guided by common sense and ask yourself some serious questions:

* Are there any conflicts of interest?

* How much do you have to work together?

* Are you ever in competition with each other?

* Are either of you privy to confidential information that might create a divide?   Continued...

<p>A couple embraces while standing on the sidewalk near Bryant Park in New York May 18, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>