As Tina Fey would say, seeing a coworker on a dating app is “like seeing a dog walk on its hind legs.” Equal parts terrifying, and can’t look away. If you’re not interested in dating your coworker, should you swipe right to be funny, or just say hi? Or is it insane that you would even consider that being rude, or think about swiping right in the first place? To settle the matter, I consulted Alison Green, work culture expert and author of the popular blog, “Ask a Manager” (now adapted into a book, set to publish in May 2018).
"Be ready to give the person an easy out if they're not interested," one expert told Huff Post.
To be sure, even the clearest HR guidelines can still be interpreted in different ways.
Ambiguous answers such as ‘I’m busy’ or ‘I can’t that night,’ count as a ‘no,'” Heidi Swartz, Facebook’s global head of employment law, tells the Wall Street Journal.
If one date leads to another, consult your company’s employee handbook and review its workplace relationships policy before making things public.
"Ambiguous" responses — like "I'm busy," or "I can't that night" — count as a "no," Heidi Swartz, Facebook's global head of employment law, told The Journal.
Facebook employees don't have to report the date to human resources, even if one person is more senior than another, The Journal reports.“If you swipe right to indicate genuine interest and they swipe right as a sort of friendly wave, or vice versa, you could end up in an awkward misunderstanding about intentions.Or, let’s say the other person hadn’t even intended to swipe right on you, because sometimes people swipe accidentally.‘Pretend you never saw each other’ is the least awkward option.” Sure, Green admits, it’s easy to think, “Well, we’ll only be notified if we both swipe right on each other, so what’s the worst that could happen? “Some people will swipe right on people they know as a sort of platonic hello.And really, people shouldn’t do that with coworkers for exactly this reason! And sometimes people swipe without paying a ton of attention to who they’re swiping on,” says Green.Yet as sexual-harassment scandals continue to unfold in a range of industries, men and women alike may be justifiably concerned about blurring the lines between their personal and professional lives.