It's obviously worse if you're interested in someone with whom you work on a daily or regular basis.But even if they are in a separate department or on a different floor, making sure you're not bringing your relationship with you to work each day adds even more stress. Excelle: 5 Ways To Conquer Self Doubt The Excitement Factor And of course office relationships have a definite positive side: The excitement factor.

Dating at work can be dangerous, consider these 6 tips before starting an office fling.

As many red flags as the office romance waves, it actually can make a lot of sense.

Mooning over a relationship gone bad is what you do at home while eating too much ice cream and watching that tearjerker for the fifteenth time, not an activity to do at your desk.

Take it from Jane, who learned the hard way:"A few months after I started working at a small internet company, I started dating a coworker.

And don't forget the mating ground that is the office party. ) serious, be open with each other about the range of what-ifs.

As my friend Julie learned, "I've hooked up with a coworker after a particularly … "festive" office party, but nothing really came of it. I don't regret anything, but, to be fair, I don't really remember much either." Oops! But more likely than not (read: there are exceptions, and I've witnessed them! Handling the Inevitable Whether we know better and want to do it anyway, can't deny the palpable attraction, or both, office relationships happen. So if you have an eye on someone, are already involved, or are debating ending an affair with a coworker that just isn't working for you, here are a few things to remember when dealing with the good, the bad, and the ugly.1. I know this isn't an easy conversation (especially when you're floating on air in the honeymoon stage), but trust me — it's one you need to have. What will you do if someone finds out when they're not supposed to know, or before you are really ready to share?Things were going great for a few weeks — at least I thought so until he told me that things just weren't working out, and he wasn't interested in a long-term relationship with me.I took it pretty hard, and working together only made it worse.If I could do it all over again, I'd probably have asked him to tone it down a bit even though it was exciting to be getting that kind of attention in such an illicit place … You'll end up in a terribly sticky situation, a mess that could do more harm than good to both your career and your heart.2.OK, maybe it was fun exactly how it was."Don't depend on it, but admittedly, an office fling can definitely spice up your life. Talk About It When you two have realized things could become (or already are!That having been said, at a time when so many of us are holding on for dear life to the jobs we have, or desperately searching for another one, it's not unlikely that you're putting in a little extra time on the job, and regretting how little time you have to further develop and explore your personal life. What will you do if your company's policy forbids inter-office relationships?