You might be wondering if dating a co-worker is alright, or should the love stay outside the walls of the cubicle? Inquiring minds want to know.  Whether it's a good idea or a bad one, work place romance is not a rarity amongst the working classes and executive teams in businesses. So, today on the Top 5 at 7:45, I'll highlight some things to think about before dating a co-worker, according to workplace experts.

  1. Issues - Personal issues with your co-worker in the workplace could lower one's job performance, which is why many HR Departments do not smile on them.
  2. Burn Out - What happens when the 'flame' dies down and then out? Remember when things got awkward at school or a high school job when the break up occurred. This is the big leagues and your career may be affected.
  3. Relocation - What happens if your job moves you to Hawaii for a promotion? Will your co-worker romance be over?
  4. Response - Your other co-workers may not dig the idea either. I could potentially put more of a load on them when you two take vacation time together, get sick together or just don't show up.
  5. Too Much - Maybe seeing too much of each other starts out well, but can bring along too much of a 'good thing.'

The Top 5 at 7:45 airs weekdays with me, Gary Freeman and sponsored by First Education Federal Credit Union. Looking on the bright side - you won't have to explain why you were working late again. They'll know.