How to Ask a Co-Worker Out on a Date

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How to Ask a Co-Worker Out on a Date
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Dating in the workplace has become less taboo in recent years, but that does not mean it is necessarily easy to ask your co-worker on a date. Fear of rejection and awkward working conditions, combined with possible professional repercussions, can make flirting with and dating coworkers a sensitive and complicated subject. If you want to date a co-worker, verify your company's policy on the subject beforehand, wait for the right moment and stay professional if you get rejected.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Try subtle flirting and making regular eye contact. Try to interpret your co-worker's behaviour and body language to see whether he is interested. Laugh at jokes, smile frequently and find excuses to make physical contact, such as touching his arm or hand.

  2. 2

    Wait for the appropriate moment outside the office. Do not ask out your co-worker at inopportune times, such as during a meeting or conference call or when you are surrounded by other coworkers. You don't want to make your co-worker uncomfortable. Catch up with her after work, at a neighbourhood bar or while walking to your car, and ask when you have a moment alone.

  3. 3

    Have a plan before you ask. Have a specific place in mind that you want to go or activity you would like to do when you ask a co-worker out on a date. If possible, choose a place that reflects your co-worker's interests. For example, if he likes baseball, ask him to go with you to an upcoming minor league game in your town.

  4. 4

    Be prepared for rejection. You do not want to have awkward encounters at the office should your co-worker turn down your request. If your co-worker says, "No," make it clear that everything is fine between you and it will have no effect on your professional relationship.

Tips and warnings

  • Check you company's human resources policy on relationships in the workplace before asking your co-worker on a date. Many companies have a no-dating policy or require that you declare your relationship with human resources to avoid possible sexual harassment suits.

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