Pitfalls of dating your boss

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They all met their spouses at the office, says Stephanie Losee, co-author of Office Mate.

And the frequency of office romance is increasing as workplaces become more accommodating and hunkered down employees find love amidst adversity.

To avoid conflicts, one partner may transfer to another part of the organization, only to find that he or she has taken a career misstep.

The isolation can lead to job stress and dissatisfaction.

You may even earn the reputation of being a snob if your colleagues think you don't want anything to do with them.

That may be just as damaging as the other labels you would earn by sharing too much information.

The chance that you'll find romance at work increases if you work at a company with a strong corporate culture, such as Southwest Airlines (LUV), which reports that 2,328 employees have a spouse who works for the company.

(That's 1,164 married couples, or about 6 percent of the airline's total staff.) There are obvious reasons that romance tends to bloom at work.

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