A recent study showed an employee's relationship with coworkers ranks first when asked what makes them feel connected to their job.With a growing workforce of over 250, Toronto-based accounting firm "Freshbooks" emphasizes creative thinking."There's a lot of talking and a lot of communication going on.Sometimes it's not with everybody and that's what kind of blind dates is about - trying to get people who would never really work with this kind of team to just meet," Antonio said.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."You're creating a climate where people are going to see bias whether there really is bias or not."Relationships with your peers are generally more acceptable—assuming they're unhitched.
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.Major data breaches can provide a good reason for such a move.For its new research—which obviously helps tout it for business—the security firm looked at data from over 30,000 breaches that took place over the last couple years that subsequently surfaced online.With Valentine's Day right around the corner, a small business owner overhears two employees discussing their upcoming date.The business owner knows that office relationships can negatively impact the workplace.