Dating direst

"The policy seemed to be: If you're dating and still doing your job, we don't care," he says.

The truth is, "even if there are rules, people will hook up anyway," admits Green.

Relationships with coworkers at your level or in different departments are less of a headache, and policies tend to reflect that.

Nick,* 29, was surprised but pleased to be hired by his girlfriend's digital-media company, where several other couples worked together.

"Older generations saw work as a separate place," says Renee Cowan, Ph.

But their co-working is going smoothly as a result.Jessica, 25, an antiques expert who moved across the country and, basically, in with a coworker, eventually realized that the relationship-job combo was dominating her new life."I hadn't made any female friends, and I missed that," she recalls.As Anna, 27, who dated a coworker for seven months, points out, "It's hard to pretend like you're not dating someone for eight hours a day." But you can do your best to make others comfortable by nixing the "We're so cute" act."People are out with long knives for the happy couple," says Green.

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