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Nick,* 29, was surprised but pleased to be hired by his girlfriend's digital-media company, where several other couples worked together.
"The policy seemed to be: If you're dating and still doing your job, we don't care," he says.
where you eat.) But as more Americans postpone marriage until their careers are established—and as hours get longer, with smartphones blurring work and play—it makes sense that attitudes are changing.
"Older generations saw work as a separate place," says Renee Cowan, Ph.
Relationships with coworkers at your level or in different departments are less of a headache, and policies tend to reflect that.
"Reporting a relationship improves your odds of avoiding an awkward situation when word gets out," says Green. Jennifer, 25, an accountant, kept quiet about her relationship—until she and her boyfriend were assigned to the same project.
"HR reassigned one of us due to 'scheduling.' It actually let us tell people when we were ready, and any stress we felt went away.", so make sure to draw a line between work life and love life.
"Otherwise," says workplace consultant Nicole Williams, who married—and later divorced—her boss, "people wonder what you might be planning." Stephanie, 30, a Houston attorney, works with her husband at a law firm, and they obey a strict no-touching policy that Another rule of office relationships: If things get serious, disclose.
Yes, it's embarrassing, but you'll be glad you did.