Unexpectedly Intriguing!
February 28, 2008

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Chief of Staff Christine Beatty (AP File Photo) We haven't featured a Geek Logik-derived tool for a while, so we thought the best way to bring it back would be to really turn up the heat in your workplace! Specifically, we're going to help you decide if acting on that hot feeling you're getting from that special someone in your office is such a hot idea.

But first, Geek Logik author Garth Sundem offers this disclaimer:

Official Disclaimer: Hooking up with a coworker leads to nothing but trouble. At best you can hope for an awkward truce; at worst, one or both of you will soon be taking a renewed interest in the Sunday classifieds.

Quick Aside: The photo we're featuring with this post is of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his former chief-of-staff Christine Beatty, who both recently found out the hard way why the office hookup may not be such a good idea.

For our part, if you go down this road, we can't stop you. But we will laugh at you.

That said, if you're still here, it's obvious that you're weighing the pros and cons of romance in your office. Our tool below will at least give you some idea of the things you ought to consider before going where Garth has warned that you perhaps ought not. Just enter the data that's relevant for your situation below, and we'll see you below the results.

Coworker Chemistry Data
Input Data Values
How hot is your coworker?
(1-10 with 10 being "can fry bacon on backside.")
Level of sexual tension between you.
(1-10 with 10 being "c'mon already!")
Are either of you married?
(No or Yes. There's no in-between.)
Chance that the rest of the office will discover your liaison.
(1-10 with 10 being "neglected to disable security camera; stumbled across incriminating footage on adult Web site")
Chance of getting fired if caught.
(1-10 with 10 being "coworker is boss's debutante daughter.")
How much do you like/need your job?
(1-10 with 10 being "would rather go to work than sit next to Swedish supermodel at 50-yard line of Super Bowl.")

Should You Become Intimate with a Coworker?
Calculated Results Values
Your Office Hookup Index Score
The Bottom Line

In the results above, a Office Hookup Index Score greater than zero would perhaps indicate that it might be okay for you to plunge into the office dating pool. As always, we provide this data point so you can play with the numbers to find out where your boundaries of acceptable conduct might actually be.

Going back to Garth's disclaimer, we're happy to offer the following links that you might find very useful in the future should that index score of yours come out to be greater than zero:

Happy hunting!

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