But they exchanged a few texts, then graduated to friendly lunches.Eventually Matt asked Sarah on a date, and they talked for so long that the sushi restaurant had to kick them out.

This is something to think about early on and to keep in mind as you move forward in the relationship.

"The bottom line is, you need to tread carefully," she adds.

As a relationship becomes more serious, oftentimes one person will decide to leave the employer completely, because the more involved you are, the greater likelihood of the relationship interfering with your job.

"That's why so many companies have policies against nepotism, which applies to married couples and relatives," says Taylor.

Sarah, a 30-year-old graphic designer, met Matt through a colleague at the imaging tech company where they both worked.

"I didn't really notice him at first because he had a beard, and beards weren't my thing," she says.

Don't get caught up in long conversations, two-hour lunches, IMing, or emailing with your partner when you should be working on projects or preparing for meetings.

"Employees are generally encouraged to report incidents of sexual harassment or events that create a hostile work environment," says Taylor.

My answer to all three: "Nope — because we followed the rules." The truth is, office romances are tricky and generally not recommended.

" Those are questions I'm frequently asked when I tell people the story of my office romance.

"If, however, love happens to strike at work, don't make a concerted effort to fight it at any cost.