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How To Tell If A Female Coworker Is Attracted To You

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Co Worker Attracted to You or Not

My job used to be the only place I met women and figuring out if those women were attracted to me… drove me crazy.

It’s easy to talk to a co-worker, right? You’re kind of stuck together. You have to be friendly to each other AND the situation makes it easy to start a conversation.

BUT there’s two big problems (of many more) in the work place and they are: 1. Sexual Harassment. 2. Very public rejection with someone you’re stuck having to see everyday…

Which makes it more likely that we NEED to know whether she’s attracted to us and open to doing something more BEFORE we make any sort of move.

This also makes those first moments we meet extremely important because we must make sure we set up things the RIGHT way before we become non-sexual work-buddies.

The answer to this problem in its many areas is listed below in detail but first:

Following Common Social Courtesy Is Bad For Attraction

  • When around attractive women, guys tend to act like they want and need the woman’s approval, just like they would in any other social situations, by being nice, courteous, etc.
  • The paradox and irony is that needing her approval, kissing up, letting her lead and you respond, will NEVER cause her to feel that gut level of attraction for you.
  • Following the commonly accepted way of behaving when you’re dealing with a woman that you want to feel attracted to you just won’t do it.
  • (…)
  • In other words, as long as a woman is working to get your approval, she’s far less likely to be picky about you or your behaviors.

Taken directly from Advanced Dating Techniques workbook page 57.

That’s the easiest and most clever answer to the question about whether a female co-worker is attracted to you and of course there’s more details below so make sure you read it. The other simple answer is to STOP looking for signals and focus on creating attraction.

Attraction can be tough to figure out when it comes to someone you work with everyday.

For us guys I’d say lots of women just know when a guys attracted to her. If she’s hot she (normally) assumes every guy is hitting on her anyways. No matter what he does. If she’s somewhat attractive she might down-play it but she knows …. just hasn’t convinced herself enough.

So let’s face it – we tend to be a little too obvious when we’re around a woman we’re attracted to by how we act.

When it comes to women it’s a little different, isn’t it?

Women seem to hide their attraction or interest as if it’s goes against some social standards or goes against their best interest to show it publicly.

Sometimes they’re very obvious but that’s usually when they’re giggling or “acting” aloof around some tall model looking stud.

And since most of us guys are NOT blessed with being handsome and having a great body that leaves the rest of us wondering about our female co-workers…

How we can tell if she IS attracted to us so we can ask her out or do whatever comes next so we’re not publicly rejected or ruin a work environment or even cross the lines of sexual harassment?

Let me first say why I HATE this question AND then I’ll give you the answer which has worked for me for years when it was given t me. I’m positive it will work for you too IF you let it.

First, why I hate this question:

1. Asking it tends to show some sign of insecurity. If you believed in yourself enough you might ask, “Ha! Why wouldn’t she be attracted to me?” A little confidence goes a long way in building attraction and even if she’s only feeling it a little (which is normal) it CAN be built higher.

2. Asking it also implies it might be too late anyways because you missed the opportunity to move forward. The moment you questioned yourself you had two choices: Move forward or step back. You chose to step back which either ruins the attraction (if it was there) or casually reject her by NOT doing something a man with confidence would do… like get a personal number or ask out on a date.

3. Asking it can also mean you’re so concerned with looking for her approval to like you that you miss the point in attraction… which is that YOU create it. So while you’re busy worried about whether it’s there or not you’re wasting valuable time to make it happen.

What if we were to take those 3 reasons and turn into something more positive, would you still fill a need to ask if ANY woman is attracted to you?

Since it’s a reality that most women will do anything and everything to hide their attraction to serve their best interest, doesn’t looking for all the signs or waste time trying to “figure her out” seem like a losing battle in a game you can’t win?

So let’s go back…

#1 – Believe in yourself. Confidence IS attractive.

Acting secure in who you are or what you do is not that difficult at all because most men are born with all they will ever need to create attraction in ANY woman. Yes, ANY woman:

A mouth to talk to her. Male body parts to have sex with her. Masculinity which counters her femininity… and a BRAIN.

Yes. A brain. The very same organ which ruin your chances with any woman can also do the opposite and increase your chances too.

#2 – Move forward at a reasonable pace and she will follow. Trying or attempting to follow a woman’s lead in dating is not only a waste of time, it’s highly UN-Attractive.

Women are looking for guys who will take a lead with little or no fear. Let’s not get into all the reasons why but if you’re constantly waiting for HER to move forward – I’m willing to bet everything that you’re not getting many real dates with the women you want.

Women HATE making any kind of move on a guy so much they would rather stay home alone then ask a guy out they like.

Yes, sometimes, especially if you do a total ass move on her, she’s going to turn you down BUT even IF she’s not into you all that much, she’s more likely to say yes to the one guy who at least tried over moving forward with a guy who won’t do ANYTHING but wait for her to lead.

The cool part about taking the lead is a woman’s attraction develops slowly over time. This means if she agrees but is not feeling it, this can easily be changed.

#3 – Her approval (or attraction) to you means NOTHING.

Seriously, she can hate everything you do and still feel attracted to you. It’s that approval seeking attitude (or the feeling she gets from guys who are always trying to catch her signals or get her to reveal her feelings) that will NEVER create the right kind of attraction.

Think hard about these two statements and decide which one will work better:

“You’re cool. I like you. Let’s (…)” OR

“Would you want to do something sometime with me?”

“How do I know if a girl is interested in me? I find it hard to read her attraction to me when I’m so busy trying to show her my self-confidence?”How to Tell If A Woman Is Interested In You

One clearly states you like her and I know most guys are deathly afraid of saying because they believe women only want the guys they can’t have but they’re wrong. Telling a woman you like her doesn’t destroy the attraction or make her not want you anymore. Being all too available or needy or easily caught however does ruin it.

Stop confusing the acts of showing a woman you’re attracted to her as being the same thing as a “declaration” of a relationship. They’re not the same.

The other (fearfully) asks for her approval and is begging her to go out with him. It’s a weak statement which is hoping she’ll approve of him in the attractive sense.

Again, while the second statement (guy) is busy trying to figure out IF she attracted to him he’s missing every opportunity to actually create it. Which is an obvious waste of time and leads to way too many rejections.

Now that you know why I believe you should avoid asking this question and why you shouldn’t worry or be concerned about the answer, let’s go back to the original question and the ONLY answer I’ve found which works every time…

How can you tell, of how do you know if a female coworker is attracted to you?

If something works, and this statement has worked for me since I heard it ten years ago and I will continue to quote it until it stops working:

  1. Stop looking around for signals from women that they’re “interested” in you.
  2. Stop CARING whether or not a particular woman is interested in you.
  3. Instead, start TRIGGERING the interest, and watching to see if women ENGAGE. If they do, then assume that IT’S ON!

As long as you use how she’s responding to what YOU do as your gauge, then you’ll have a MUCH easier time spotting the “she wants me” clues…


David DeAngelo – How To Tell If She’s Interested – Stop Looking for Signals!

That quote was pulled from an article which you can find here at DiaLteG TM and I suggest you read it to reinforce what you read today.

I can not tell you how many opportunities with women I missed when I was too wrapped up in trying to figure out IF a woman (coworker or not) was attracted to me.

All those moments we spend wondering and looking for clues or signals from someone whose best interest or typical response is to not let it be known ARE really missed REAL opportunities to create the attraction…

So stop worrying.

Stop asking.

Stop looking.

Start creating and if she is responding positively to something you’re doing then you finally have the answer you’ve been looking for.

About the author: Creator of the nice guy approach, why do guys, why do chics, and DiaLteG TM. Transformed from a nice guy kiss ass who wanted women to like me for “who I was” to an attractive “good guy” who knows what it takes to create attraction and succeed with women, dating, and relationships.

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18 comments… add one
  • Whitney Pete

    You didn’t answer his/their question..
    I’m a girl and I this guy to know I like him, and I was looking for an article that says what men look for.. And you didn’t say anything you just told us that the guy needs to be confident, but ??? Yea so I’d say sure, but I’ll tell you guys what I do.
    I smile while talk and I’ll listen and chat to you durning our whole encounter, and I don’t do that with everyone, anyone else
    I fidget, mess my bangs up, shift my legs around, lean, kinda clumsy not too much but I might drop a paper or forget my things..
    Tell you goodbye, goodnight, see ya when I leave
    Look you in the eyes, and not move
    Look around a room, at you, then around a room again
    Sit down when you walk in
    Linger when your on shift before I leave
    Ask lots of questions, it may vary per day but I’m always asking a question, as little as how’s your day, or, what’s you favorite show to watch?

    • Thanks for sharing Whitney. As you read above, it’s not normally a good thing for “some” men to search for signals.

      BUT your list is great to read and I’m sure lots of guys can learn from it.

      Thanks again,

  • Francis

    I started working 2 months ago and I met a girl who shows lots of signals that she likes me…she jokingly tells me I’m cute during a conversation and even tells me about her past relationship and ask about mine too.. She randomly tells me that she’s crushing on someone “he’s such a nice guy and I like his confidence and level of maturity” but i don’t think he feels the same way about me” i fit into that description because “I think I do”. Anyways, I stare at her most times and she blushes then reciprocate but looks really shy. I’ve seen her with some tear in her eyes then she says “her crush may not find her attractive” Mind you, this girl offers me things without me asking. I ignored her after this for 3 days and I noticed she was always very quiet and moody. ZERO SMILE on her face. I told her today that I have feelings for her, she gave me a big smile, hits me playfully in the shoulder and asks ” How do you know you’re telling the truth? (Smiles) and add..’We barely know each other and have only worked here for 2 months, I don’t want to break your heart, we should be friends” HOW TF DO I KNOW IF SHE WAS ONLY TRYING TO GET ME TO OPEN UP TO HER. I really like this girl and she shows obvious signs that she’s attracted too; if not more attracted to me. Do I stand a chance or should I quit and move on? I’m not the type of guy that really tells a girl I like her unless I mean it. Or is she trying to play hard to get or probably mess around with my mind….I’m confused af lol

    • Francis,

      Wow. You took a page from my old book on women and how all of my “friends zone” moments went; especially how I rationalized them out.

      Mind you, it was NOT a good thing so let’s get right to it.

      It’s not typically a good thing when you meet a girl and she starts talking to you about her past relationships and how she’s crushing on some other guy. She’s showing you she only sees you as a friend. Now if you’re not used to dealing with women on this level it’s highly likely you’re going to fail and be sucked right into a trap you created for yourself – You believe she’s telling you how she attracted to you AND because she won’t reveal it, you gather all her clues as her feeling that way that is very far from what is actually going on.

      It happens. I know exactly where you’re coming from.

      Chances are, she already knew how you felt about her and when you told her how you felt about her BEFORE you did anything about anything she might’ve felt at that point went away.

      You can NOT tell a woman how you feel (in these early situations) unless a few things happen. 1. You’re creating attraction and/or have created a deeper attraction. 2. You have taken REAL action or leadership above and beyond in the direction she would have liked her “crush” to take.

      As you’ll read in the exact articles which flipped my switch years ago “telling a woman how you feel will not ever change how she feels.” Read them:

      “MISTAKE #5: Sharing “How You Feel” Too Early In The Relationship With Her”

      “Attraction is the result of a woman meeting a man who understands how attraction works… and who knows what to do in each specific situation to progress to the next level.”

      Like I said, I’ve done what you did and have thought exactly the same way you were thinking and every time the only answer at that point was to: (again I know this because I chose the wrong way and ended up being hurt every single time.)

      Choice 1. Walk away entirely and forget about her and being friends with her. AFTER get an easy education on attraction and understanding women and become objective about yourself and all your relationships with women. Sexual or not.

      Choice 2. Take your first step in eliminating the friends zone (and possibly getting out of it with her which in reality is extremely rare and is far less likely to happen) and go through my free Ebook. https://www.dialteg.com/friends-zone-steps-book/three-steps-how-why-help-you/

      Choice 3. Continue being her friend and hope she’ll change her mind even though she has already said she only wanted to be friends.

      Choice 3 is what I used to do and it never worked…. ever. And it will sting like a son of bitch.

      Okay let’s go back.

      Women don’t tell guys they’re feeling it for (this early on especially before you’re dating her) about their last relationships. It’s what they talk about to their “girlfriends” and guy friends when there is absolutely no chance of becoming sexual with him. She is NOT talking to her crush about these things.

      You stare at her. She’s guessing you like her or something about her. She blushes. It makes her feel good and maybe even more confident about getting her crush to do the same thing.

      She opens up to you about her crush not liking her and it’s upsetting. As a friend you’re there for her probably thinking you now have a shot. She’s opening up to you. Called you cute. Which by the way means “You’re a nice guy but I would never date you because I know how you feel and I’m not feeling anything for you. But since you’re acting like a friend, I’ll gladly do that because you’re nice.

      You ignore her and one of two things happens. You confused her AND she realized you do like her. You confused her and she’s not sure why. You confused her and she’s not sure what it means but since she’s not feeling it for you – it doesn’t matter that much. Ignoring her was not the thing to do unless you planned on playing a game on her which will only make it worse.

      So, while she’s confused (which is not a bad thing somewhat) , while she’s most uncertain what is going on – you let it all out and tell her how you feel. Busting any bubble which could’ve been created. If there was any sexual tension at this point, it just disappeared.

      Despite how it feels, what you told me was NOT obvious signs that she was feeling attracted to you. I used to confuse them all the time. There MUST be some real chemistry which has a sexual edge happening.

      I can get (for all practical purposes) just about every woman alive to open up to me. I have that way with women. I learned it from years in the friends zone and later doing everything I could to truly understand them. Without that edge, real flirting, sexual tension, raw energy, and doing the right things right away to create attraction, I was certain to become “just her friend” she would willingly tell me everything about her.

      “An attractive single woman wants a guy who LIGHTS HER UP. She wants to FEEL GOOD. She wants mystery… she wants to laugh… she wants a challenge… she wants sexual tension… ”

      The good news is there’s a definitive list women respond to which makes it much easier to happen. Which means you can get them under control so this does not become a pattern in your life or a recurring theme of you relationships with women you want.

      Hopefully, that starts here and now… today.

      All the best and thank you for writing. I appreciate it,


      • Francis

        Peter White,
        Thanks for your response. At this point, I’m not sure what to do but I’m going to fall back, less communication, less eye contact etc (and see her reaction). Perhaps I was too fast telling her how I truly feel but at the end of the day, I don’t think it’d changed anything if she doesn’t feel the same way about me. Now that she knows my intention(feeling) I’m gonna hope the chemistry between us stays strong but if it doesn’t, then I’ll slowly have to move on. I’ll update you should change occur. If NO communication with her is a wrong move, please let me know in your comment.

        • No communication is a good move depending on why you’re doing it. If you feel you don’t want to be in her friends zone, or you can not help yourself while around her – the yes – pull away, gather yourself, and move on.

          I would NOT do it just to see if you get a reaction from her because you won’t know why she’s reacting a certain way. You’ll just confuse her more and in the end, won’t prove much of anything. She could be hurt for reasons which have nothing to do with attraction.

          You should be more concerned with how a woman is reacting to what you ARE doing and not what you are NOT doing. See the difference?

          Hope that clears up a little more for you.

          You’re welcome and the best to you.

  • Andrew

    Hey Pete, I want to know how to play my cards with my co worker. She is about 3 years older, we are both very young. She recently gotten out of a serious relationship about 4 months ago and is still very hurt from it. I really feel like she is into me because of what we talk about and how happy we are when we work together. Our conversations are very open and have no problem talking about sex or what goes on with our lifes. Mind you, she has been doing this for two years and is a current manager, I only started working at this location for a few months. When we conversate, we lose track of time and I asked her about her love life and that’s how I found out about her ex, and everything about him, she asks me about my love life and found out a lot about my ex as well (whom i’m over now). When we talk, I stare really deep into her eyes and admire her. She throws a lot of hints, and also asks me about the type of girls I’m into, how many I’ve been with and so so. Recently one of our coworkers (girl) has left our location to move to another one and she says she is sad about it and she said “who am I gonna go eat with now”. I asked her if she would be sad if I left and she said she would be “heartbroken”. I recently got her social media and we now see each other’s lives out of work. She also likes saying my name a lot! When we walk to our cars together after work she would always be the first one to say goodbye, I find myself so into her and I also told one of her best friends that she was the love of my life jokingly, and Im almost positive he has told her. She says she thinks I’m very mature and a great guy. At work I am the only male as well, I also have a great confidence level and a high self esteem and she knows this, I also know how to deal with most women I find myself interested in, but I have never had feelings for an older gal and would like your opinion on what to do Pete! I know I should take it slow and reel her in and win her over slowly, feedback would be great! Thanks for reading.

    • Andrew,

      I’ve seen lots of guys “hook up” with their co-workers and I noticed a pattern which is unavoidable…. Something happened outside of work and there was a REAL attraction between them. You can talk to her all you want while on the job, you can even create lots of attraction BUT until you actually DO something about it, you’ll probably only end up being her “friend from work” who she enjoys talking to about her life.

      What I see here is a “friendship” developing because you failed to mention the most important things confidently… ATTRACTION and seeing her outside of the workplace where you two can truly connect and that YOU are actively moving things forward.

      I’m not being negative. I’ve talked to lots of women about sex and stuff. They open up to me. It felt like we were connecting. I’d fall for them. I’d look for very sign that she’s into me and live in those moments but in every one of those cases NOTHING happened because I failed to see the bigger picture. And like you, I went to others to “tell them” how I might be feeling which was always a huge mistake because no one is going to do the work for you and I. REAL women don’t fall for guys who tell their friend how they feel instead of stepping up making something happen themselves.

      Moving slowly towards a relationship is cool but you must NEVER wait to create attraction. You must never wait to meet up with a woman outside of work. You must never say “reel her in” or “win her over slowly” ever again because attraction happens in an instant and normally when the moment passes, it’s too late.

      IF you believe what she’s giving you are hints then ask yourself WHY haven’t you done something about it? Are you waiting for more clues and hints? Are you waiting for HER to throw herself at you? Are you waiting for a definitive answer to avoid being rejected?

      Can you see where I’m going with this?

      Women fall for guys who move forward and lead them in the direction they want to go. Keep in mind just because you’re moving forward does not mean you have to jump right into a relationship with her. But you still have to assure attraction is there. You still have to show her you’re not just some dude at work she’s friends with unless of course, being friends is all you want.

      With all that said… playing your cards right, reeling her in, looking for signs, telling others how you feel, fishing for signs she’d give away how she feels about you is not what you must be doing because in reality, you’re not doing anything at all.

      If you want to date anyone you work with – make sure you know how attraction works and you understand how it’s created and connect with her in that way. Don’t waste any time. Exchanging numbers and do something with her outside of work as quickly as possible.

      Her age doesn’t mean anything. She’s only a few years older than you. The only concern you should have in that area is that you ARE a mature man who is confident enough, and willing enough, to risk certain things to get to a place you want to go.

      Read this:
      “A man who’s “inner strength” allows him to project the correct body language… speak slowly, directly and clearly… use humor effectively… make clear, strong decisions… gives off the kind of calm, cool confidence that’s “fuel” for attraction.”
      From https://www.dialteg.com/experts/david-deangelo/first-thing-women-look-for-in-mr-right/

      Once you got that down, stop worrying about everything else, risk the rejection early on, and nothing else will matter.

      All the best,

  • J

    Here is one for you Peter, co-worker has acted odd around me since I started 6 months ago she used to (and still does on occasionally) pop up everywhere I was.

    I’ve ignored these things but found them amusing.

    It has now got to the stage where she she is always coming past my desk on a route that she doesn’t need to go on, is now saying good morning and has a few times touched my arm and said Hey…she often stops for chats and has asked me a great deal of questions, I’ve called her out on it and in all honesty been quite cold and ignored her (not in an unkind way though) and this has seemed to feed her more.

    I’ve seen her watch me talk to other Female co-workers and at meetings she seems to linger around or is sitting in a seat where she is in direct range of where I sit.

    Today she once again came through the area where I sit and gave me one of those smiles.

    What’s her game and how should I play this?


    • What do you think she’s doing?

      Do you want me to just tell you she’s hinting that she likes you when you clearly have already come to that conclusion? I can do that but I’m not the type of guy to nudge some dude I don’t know and say, “Hey man, I think that chic really likes you.” and then bring you to her and say, “Have you met… J.”

      Her game? If a woman is giving a guy lots of clues that she’s interested in him specifically and rather directly, I wouldn’t call it a game at all. I’d call it the “right” thing to do.

      I’m not really sure how you would “play” this because I don’t teach guys how to play women.

      If you feel like you have to play a game to get her attracted to you all I can say is that you must really think you have absolutely nothing to offer a real woman.

      What I’m seeing here is that YOU are playing some sort of mind fuck game with her and now she’s calling you out on it by calling you a creep.

      Your words here:

      “she often stops for chats and has asked me a great deal of questions, I’ve called her out on it and in all honesty been quite cold and ignored her (not in an unkind way though) and this has seemed to feed her more.”

      So you called her out on what?

      Being interested in you and your next move was to “act cold and ignore her” BUT not in an unkind way… no… Let me guess, just in a way that says, “you’re cooler than her and you know she only wants to get in your pants or something like that.” Something you can laugh about in your “alone” time.

      Seems to me you had a few choices to make from the beginning:

      1. Do what you did and eventually be called a creep for it. Who knows maybe you’ll get something from her. Maybe you’ll get laid or maybe you won’t. For her sake I do hope she isn’t falling for your bullshit but you know what, some women will. Most women won’t. So in this choice, you’ll end up in a situation full of drama. You’ll have lots of crap to deal with. But who knows, maybe you’ll get a quick Ego boost out of it and blame it all on her to make yourself feel better.

      Choice 1 then. Maybe you’ll get laid. Maybe you won’t. What you will get is a ton of bullshit to deal with and the Ego boost won’t be real.

      2. Talk to her like a real man. No games. No acting all cold and macho and pretending she only wants your dick. If you’re interested in her then do something with her. If you’re not, tell her you’re not interested.

      Choice 2: No drama. No bullshit. Plus hey, you still get the Ego boost. You also get to be a real guy… AND you might still get laid out of it if that was all she wanted from you anyways, if that’s cool with you.

      Make your choice.

      I’ve made mine.


  • J

    So now she is calling me a creep to coworkers behind my back when she is the one that touches me and is always around?


  • J

    Thanks for your reply Peter, to be honest I was intoxicated when I posted that so a lot of what I said wasn’t said correctly and stupidly I left out some crucial information, we are both married!.

    I feel that you have unfairly judged me without knowing all of the facts and have made some assumptions based on what you I read I guess?…

    If anyone has been playing a “game” it is her and I am not the only one that thinks so, my co-worker told me about the creep comment and I have since spoken to this Girl about the comment and she burst into tears and told me some deeply personal things and that she meant to say weird and not a creep, she also told me that it was weird for her that I was an older, Friendly Guy and was really approachable (I hardly spoke to her the first few months I was there though), this was very odd to say as she has relations with other older Guys in the office so I was puzzled by that comment.

    I have felt awkward and uncomfortable around her since she told me about the deeply personal stuff and I’d like to know why she would, as she has only known me for 6 or months.

    I called her out on coming by my desk all of the time and asking me so many questions, as a married man and fellow co-worker I was setting boundaries.

    This is why I wanted I wanted your advice and I realize that using the word play was inappropriate.

    I wasn’t “cold” towards her, I just got on with my work and didn’t associate with her much, that wasn’t playing or being macho and I fail to see where you would see it was.

    Get laid?, I’m a married man and protecting my Wife and my job, my Wife thinks she has a crush on me and has told me to only talk to her about work stuff.

    So maybe now you can see what is really going on?, I don’t trust her and I’m not overly happy that I work in the same team as her, she really should keep her mouth shut I mean she talks smack about the Guy she sits next to all day behind his back.

    She has been creating some drama at work lately but I haven’t been paying attention to it.

    All in all I want to keep my job and not be accused of something that I haven’t done.


    • Thanks for the clarification J. I’d say yes, the information you left out was very important to your situation.

      What you can in these situations is to first: Be open and honest with your partner. Let them know what is happening immediately so is there no confusion. You might be surprised by how much she can help you. Secondly, and I know this sounds lame but it works. Go to a superior who can and should accept complete privacy. That will protect your job and assure nothing is left to “chance” or rumors. Tell them your plans and how you plan on handling it which is third: Be up front and honest with the person who is bothering you by clearly stating you’re involved, you’re not interested, and to please keep you out of anything going on which is not directly related to work.

      That’s all you can really do unless it persists. Which is where others (superiors, human resources) come into play.

      I mean it’s cool if you want to handle all this on your own (IF you were single) but if it’s your marriage and job which might be threatened then never be afraid to involve the people who will be affected apart from you.

      All the best,


  • J


    I hope you are well, I just wanted to seek some advice about a recent situation involving this co-worker, the other day she flipped out at me over a very minor thing and threatened me with making an official complaint about bullying, I was floored because we had been getting on quite well and if I am honest I feel that she was acting this way because she feels threatened by another co-worker that I recently was moved around to sit next to.

    This is what happened, I sent out a link to all of my team about how many words they could type, no one had an issue with this expect for her and she replied back too busy to do this.

    All of us were busy that day and it was on a Friday morning before the shift started, she later came over to me and said how’s your new desk, I said to her “oh I’m too busy to talk to you at the moment” and I was actually joking but she said God you don’t need to be so rude…stormed off and I later received an email from her saying that her feelings was hurt and that she was sorry if my feelings were hurt.

    I had sent her back a polite reply and stated that no one asked her to take the test then and there… but later on because my co-worker had made a minor complaint about her radio being loud (it was and distracting for a whole of people) we had to have a meeting and at the end of it she went at me and said that my behaviour was bullying, don’t talk to her the way I do anymore or there will be an official complaint made and she slammed the door.

    I’m just not keen to get caught up in all of her toxic drama and I cannot understand why flipped out the way she did or why she is acting like this.

    Also I honesty think that my Boss might be a bit blind, this coworker is toxic and her actions affect the whole team, if she was to switch to another team, our team would be far better off and harmonious.

    Thanks Pete.

  • K

    I ran across your article when trying to figure out a situation I’ve found myself in recently. I’ve been working with a woman for a couple years and was in a relationship until recently. After I was single we started spending more time together outside of the office. I’ve gone over to her house a few times but nothing physical has happened. We have both talked about relationships and what we are looking for too.

    Thing is at first she was just someone to talk to and I had no romantic feelings towards her. The more time I spent with her the more I started to feel for her. At this point I do want to date her but I’m now unsure how to proceed.

    Kind of a summary of the interactions so far…I’ve helped her out several times at her house by building furniture she purchased for her apartment. We have spent a few days just hanging out and having lunch. Most recently we went for a walk on a nature trail and went back to her place and I made her dinner. All of this has been ongoing for about 4 months or so. I didn’t see her in a romantic/sexual way until the last couple weeks though. At work we frequently take breaks together or go to lunch together (she doesn’t do this with anyone else).

    She has told me I’m smart, amazing, and caring…I even told her I had heard rumors going around the office of people wondering what was going on between us. Her reply was she liked having me in her life and didn’t want that to change. She has talked about one other guy but only that he asked her out and she said no because she wasn’t interested. She also frequently calls just to talk about random things.

    The last thing to mention is a work party is coming up. It is an annual fancy party and I asked her if she wanted to go with me. It isn’t formally a date but there is dancing and stuff. I was intending to push my luck there and see how it goes. Any advice?

    • Hey K,

      Honestly, the first time I read your comment I was a little worried. Doing things for her. Making her dinner. Being somewhat “friends” all this time with nothing else happening. It all seemed one sided. I didn’t hear you talk about her doing things for you besides calling you up or taking her breaks with you. Both of which don’t really mean much besides hanging out as friends and talking as friends.

      Then, you mentioning to her that “others” were talking about you two seemed like you were fishing for a clue or hint from her as to how she feels about you, and I don’t like that either. She’s going to know what you’re doing and her response wasn’t too promising.

      Yet, I’m not one to call something off until there’s hard proof and now it’s up to you to make it happen BEFORE you get too deep.

      So first, you’re not pushing your luck. Don’t think of it that way. You’re there to have fun and interact with her in a more than friendly way and if she isn’t into it, she must let you know one way or another.

      NOW is the time to move forward but you must do it in a way which is mature, masculine, and attractive. Don’t just “tell” her how you feel and hope she feels the same way. MAKE it happen. Get close to her. I hate to say “put the moves on her” but in a way, that’s what you need to do. The next step is getting physical and the longer you wait, the less likely it’s going to happen.

      The more you “talk” about it or confess your feelings the less it’s going to happen also.

      Sure women love a good talker but they want the guy to throw caution into the wind and take action regardless of the outcome. That alone may be attractive enough for her.

      You don’t need a formal date for it to happen. Just a few moments where it naturally happens like getting close, a romantic moment or setting, a light touch, a real eye locking moment, etc…

      Don’t look for signs or signals. Make it happen and she’ll let you know if she wants you to move forward from there. Avoid making it an awkward moment. If you must talk about it, do it while at the same time moving in so she knows you’re about taking action.

      You’re going to know real quickly if you’re in her friends zone or how she feels if you take this route. If you wait around for her, or hoping she’ll let you know, or continue to be there for her regardless of her being there for you or attaching something beyond a friendship, she will only ever see you as a friend.

      If you get rejected, it’s okay and you’re going to save a lot of time and heartache.

      Make it happen like a real man, a gentlemen, take actionable steps, and you’ll increase the odds of something happening.

      It’s really just that simple.

      Focus on creating fun, excitement, and when the moment arrives – DO something.

      Hope it all works out for you and best of luck,

  • C

    I was searching the web for insight on possibly dating a coworker and ran across this site. I’m not sure where to begin so I’ll just give the full run down. I’ve worked with a woman who I am attracted to for almost two years now. In that two year time frame there was nothing between us (at least I think) until recently when I began to noticed certain things she did. She would compliment me on how I dressed, smile at me in passing, and often I would catch her staring at me. When I did she would look away or play it off. I’m not one to draw signs that she is attracted to me based on this, but lately she would come by my area to chat quite often. I’m naturally quiet until I’m spoken to so I though she’s just being friendly to my group as a whole until she singled me out. I don’t remember the details of how it started (I was oblivious to this at first) but I found out we have certain movies, shows and other interests in common. Almost every day she would come over to tell me what she has watched and what she thought of it or some other interest like food or traveling. Still, I thought it was no big deal but as she started approaching me more I found myself more attracted to her especially when I eyes meet. There was this one time where I mentioned a beach I like to visit because it’s peaceful and she subtly implied that I must have been there with someone because of the pause I took. I reassured her that it was my alone time place. I found it flattering and it was at that point when I began to really noticed her actions. I started initiating conversation and would give her compliments to her as well. Now when she approaches and engage in conversation our eyes lock on each other for what seems like forever but it just for several seconds I think. My coworkers have begin to noticed these interactions and joke about it. She even caught one of the guys joking calling me her guy at a ice cream social and she looked flustered. I am still unsure of her attraction to me because I know that women can be confusing sometimes but the way she looks at me is very different than the ways she looks at other workers. Even the tone of her voice changes when she talks to me. With others she’s more open it seems but with me it’s almost as if she’s shy. Thinking about it now I think I will change what I said earlier. I know she may be attracted to me but I don’t know to what degree. She is gorgeous and about 4 or 5 years younger so again I don’t want to make a big deal out of nothing. Even an older woman have noticed and mentioned it to me. I don’t know if I should pursue this further or what. Oh yeah and did I mentioned she’s MY SUPERVISOR!

    I’ve been out of the dating loop for several years due to begin married at the time. While I have dated here and there after divorce with her it feels different. I’m not as smooth as I can be and I have to really think about what I say. It’s nerve wrecking at times but strangely I like it. It feels like I’m back in high school with the jitters and stuff. I just don’t want to jump the broom on this if it’s one sided especially with her being my boss and all. I would appreciate any insight you may have on this matter.

    • Peter White

      Tough one C. Mainly because she’s your supervisor. That could obviously cause some problems in the future. But hey, a job is just a job and a good woman is not something which should be easily dismissed, right?

      In other words – if it’s not the “boss” thing – what are you waiting for?

      Okay, first of all, as much as assumptions are down-played in our world – ASSUME if a woman is interacting with you long enough and differently than other women, then she is feelings something for you. I don’t some of the things you were doing with her – like assuring her it was your alone time or the way you’ve (sort of) begun to initiate things with her – only because once you started to feel like she was attracted to you, you began to act different.

      Also, where you’re at right now you seem to be putting her on a pedestal, and you raised her up a bit higher as in what you wrote here,”She is gorgeous and about 4 or 5 years younger so again I don’t want to make a big deal out of nothing.” That may not seem like you’re raising her up but bringing yourself down is effectively the same as raising her up. It’s all relative. Keep things in perspective, keep her at your level.

      Sure she probably enjoys your nervousness or quiet demeanor around her and that you’re not all in her face like other guys probably are, but you still must be confident in who you are and where you plan on taking things with her.

      So with all that said – again – what are you waiting for – you have lots of things in common, find something that is fun and interesting to do with her and go for it. Keeping in mind that she is your supervisor so must decide quickly whether you can deal with dating your boss. That’s the real issue here. The rest is just a woman looking to connect with a guy who happens to be you, right? That’s the easy part. You’ve done it before. I’m sure she has too.

      Listen, as if you didn’t know this women love to talk, they also love it when a guy is open, upfront, and honest with them. Feel more than free to discuss the supervisor issue with her and lay it right on the table. She’ll actually appreciate it. Don’t accuse her of anything, don’t set things too far forward by saying things like, “But what if we were to become boyfriend and girlfriend”. That’s going too far. But mention something like, “I’m going to do (this) soon, love to invite you, it would be fun… but you are my supervisor… wouldn’t want you to start bossing me around. 🙂 Seriously, what are your thoughts?”

      Please let me know how it goes. I’m very interested in hearing it.

      Thanks for asking and all the best of luck to you C,

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