Get SimplyFired Over Love

    February 13, 2006
    WebProNews Staff

The SimplyFired website provides ten tips on interoffice dating, but for those whose office amore turned into nothing less than a disaster, a trip for two to Las Vegas awaits the pathetic paramour with the best bliss blow-up story.

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Fall in love at the office. Have the affair go horribly, tragically wrong, with embarrassment and firings to follow. Laugh like crazy over the failed fling as the winner of SimplyFired’s contest. The website has more details about the contest. The grand prize “loser” wins a trip for two to Vegas and a stay in the honeymoon suite of the Paris Las Vegas Hotel.

To help the romantically resourceful avoid the wrath of the human resources department, SimplyFired provided rules for keeping it cool when the office romance heats up.

Rule 1 – Know the rules. If company policy says “no dating,” either chill out or find another job before approaching that angel in an amorous way.

Rule 2 – Know your co-worker. If your target for Cupid’s arrow is attached, a gossiper, or related to the boss, aim that shaft elsewhere.

Rule 3 – No means no. If you need that one explained to you or choose to ignore it, you may wish to familiarize yourself with the job search engine at SimplyHired. Just sayin’.

Rule 4 – Create a workplace prenup. Set limits early and be aware of what could happen when the relationship that started with dozens of roses turns into War of the Roses.

Rule 5 – Don’t fish in your boss’s pond. That could be taken a lot of ways, but SimplyFired advises you to not date in the same department or be prepared to let the boss know about it.

Rule 6 – Date up, not down. Dating down means leaving oneself open to a sexual harassment suit if the relationship goes pancake-shaped.

Rule 7 – Keep your privates private. Um, (blush), this means avoid affectionate touching or longing glances when others are around. Private moments, people, that’s what Rule 7 means!

Rule 8 – Use Hotmail for hot mail. (I am so not making a Gmail joke here. No way.) This one about avoiding work email for off-work topics can be summarized in six words: Email administrators can read your messages.

Rule 9 – Don’t drink and date. Office parties and alcohol can turn the most covert relationship into the talk of the company for months afterward.

Rule 10 – Your office or mine? NEITHER. The office is for the work you’re being paid to perform as specified in your job description. ‘Nuff said.

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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.