It's unfair and unethical to give your significant other's work more attention and to make decisions that ultimately benefit them.
So while it may be tempting, stop yourself before you get yourself into trouble.
Before you risk hurting your reputation at work, find out if this person is someone you'd want to spend weekends with.
Check the company handbook to find out if there are any policies related to interoffice relationships.
"Spend your time as if you are not dating this person," advises Taylor.
Don't get caught up in long conversations, two-hour lunches, IMing, or emailing with your partner when you should be working on projects or preparing for meetings.
Learn how you and your psychologist can work together to avoid problems.
If the rumor mill goes into high gear, that might be the right time."Add to that two lovers fighting over doing dishes in the next cube and you have one unhappy coworker, who you may catch sauntering to HR." Also, it's entirely unprofessional to complain about your personal relationships at work, whether you're dating a colleague or not. What happens at home or in your personal life (no matter who you're dating) almost always affects your attitude, which affects your work — it's just a fact of life.But try your hardest not to let your disagreements with your partner affect the decisions you make or how your treat others at work."Employees are generally encouraged to report incidents of sexual harassment or events that create a hostile work environment," says Taylor."Since the sensitivities of the workforce are varied and subjective, there's always a risk of offending someone."What will be your plan 'B' if the heat is on from a supervisor, from gossip, or if things go awry? "You may have the burden of overcompensating with professionalism and keeping an artificial distance, which can be an awkward strain," says Taylor."Better to overcompensate than to constantly test the limits of workplace etiquette while hoping for the best." Focus on work and do your job — especially if you want to mitigate gossip.If nobody seems to notice, there's no reason to share.You and your new partner need to agree on some ground rules and come up with a plan for how you will keep it professional and stay within written or unwritten rules."That's why so many companies have policies against nepotism, which applies to married couples and relatives," says Taylor.This is something to think about early on and to keep in mind as you move forward in the relationship.