Office Romance Can Fire You Up -- Or Get You Fired

8. Date a peer -- not a boss or subordinate.

According to a recent survey by, 15 percent of workers have hooked up with their boss. You can't help your attractions, but dating your boss or direct report is risky business. Most companies do not encourage (or allow) superior-direct report relationships, as they throw off office dynamics, making coworkers suspicious and jealous.

Companies also worry about the possibility of sexual harassment claims or other lawsuits, even long after a relationship has soured. So, if you are involved with someone directly above or below you, consider that you might be reassigned within the company or asked to leave altogether.