Crushin' on Your Colleague? Here's How to Make the First Move
By Top10BestDatingSites Staff
We all know the story. Eyes meet across a crowded office, hands brush when reaching for the elevator button, sparks fly at the team Christmas party. But how do you take that next step and move an office flirtation to a real-life first date? After all, it’s not like they’re a random stranger you’re never gonna see again. If you’ve misread the signals and it all goes horribly wrong, the last thing you need is the whole company gossiping about the time Brad filled the office with paper hearts and flowers only to be laughed outta town by his clueless crush.
Listen Out at the Water Cooler
Use the office situation to your advantage! You might not know the object of your affections all that well, but others are bound to. Casually arrive in the shared kitchen around the same time as his or her friends and listen out for tidbits of information. Not getting anywhere? Strike up conversation! What were you up to at the weekend? Was X there too? This way you get to know more about your crush, helping you work out if you want to take things further. It also offers the added bonus of…
Love Me, Love My Friends!
You can bet that if his friends are talking about how cool the new girl in the office is, he’s gonna start paying some serious attention. And isn’t it just SO much easier to strike up conversation with someone when you aren’t getting distracted by his sparkling baby blues? This idea is especially good if you often get flustered making a first impression with a crush, let their friends do the introducing instead! Make an effort to really get to know your crush’s friends, and you’ll have a one way ticket into their circle, getting you that important step closer to a first date.
Now we would never suggest you waste valuable company time….. But hey, if you have a few minutes to spare, why not send a flirty message or photo as a bold way to make a first move? Especially if you haven’t made the in-person introduction yet, it can be a real turn on to jump straight to an illicit email, creating a fun and sexy secret between just the two of you. This idea is probably best if you’re feeling confident that the snatched glances across the office are fairly mutual, and I’m sure we don’t have to remind you to keep it clean folks, as company intranets are usually monitored. It’s not likely that the pic of you in nothing but body paint will appear on the noticeboard, but I doubt you want to take that risk.
Let’s get (s)Talking!
Of course, we’re not all confident enough to take the reins like that, and if the idea above fills you with dread, you probably want something a little more subtle. One great plan of action can be to browse your crush’s social media profiles. Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, all of these can tell you a ton about the guy or girl you’re into, help you make sure you’d be a good match, and give you a bunch of conversation topics to keep the nerves at bay.
Remember, while a quick search and browse is a sweet example of your effort and interest, make sure not to take it too far. If you set up a Google alert for their name or save their Facebook page to your Desktop screen, you’re more likely en route to ‘restraining order’ than “What would you like to order?"
Chatted a few times, but not sure how to move from flirting to an actual date? There’s nothing wrong with being a little old fashioned. All women love a nice bunch of flowers, and the guys appreciate a thoughtful gift too! Try a bottle of beer with a note tag suggesting a drink after work, or a new notepad for office scribbles complete with a flirty message on the first page. Remember, gifts are public, so make sure you’re ready for more than just your crush to know you’re interested before you walk in with those long-stemmed red roses.
Just Do It!
Whatever move you decide to make, make it sooner rather than later. Even something as simple as timing your entrance to work in the morning so you can say a quick hey and gauge their interest can be a great springboard for that initial convo. If the work setting makes you feel awkward, try finding them after hours at a local bar or on the way to the subway. Be confident, after all - who doesn’t like being told they stand out from the crowd?
Experienced the polite (or not so polite) rejection? Found out they’re already spoken for? Realised you have zero in common? Don’t take it too hard. The world is literally full of seriously hot single guys and girls, and nowadays you don’t need to move further than your PC or mobile phone to check them out. Try the effortlessly cool dating site Zoosk for the largest pool of young singles out there, or the famously popular Plenty of Fish to remind yourself that your ocean is far from drying out of possibilities for romance and fun!
Looking for something more low key but don’t know where to start? Try QuickFlirt for a great introduction to casual dating online!