How to Know If a Coworker Has a Crush on You

Office romances can be easy to spot.Office romances can be easy to spot.

An office is a place where people with different personalities are involuntarily brought together. Some working relationships result in continued conflict; others lead to office romances. There are a number of signs to look out for to identify if a colleague has a crush on you.

Office gossip can be the source of many rumors.

Step 1

Listen to office gossip. Word often travels fast if an employee has a crush on a colleague, and in some instances, you may be the target of someone’s fancy. This will allow you time to prepare in case the situation escalates beyond your comfort.

Body language can be a strong indicator of affection.

Step 2

Make note of colleagues whom you catch looking at you when they think you cannot see them, or who catch your eye and display flirtatious behavior.

Email means instant communication with a crush.

Step 3

Check your emails. A colleague will often send you a high number of emails simply to prompt a response, or get your attention. If your inbox is dominated by messages from one person, this may be an indication of their affection for you.

Little notes can reveal your admirer.

Step 4

Watch out for notes. A co-worker who has a crush on you may leave notes on your desk, sometimes disguised as business requests.

Admirers often make contact via phone.

Step 5

Similarly, a co-worker who is affectionate towards you may ring you to ask for advice or help that is unrelated to your job role. It's a thinly-veiled attempt to talk to you.

Tea breaks offer an opportunity for face-to-face contact.

Step 6

A colleague who has a crush on you will often endeavor to ‘accidentally’ bump into you, or be in your physical presence. An example of this is heading to the kitchen at the same time as you, in order to be with you and prompt a conversation.

An office romance can blossom into a relationship.

Step 7

Speak to the person in question. While often they will be too shy to admit an affection, you may find that they freely speak of their crush on you. You can then deal with this information as you see fit, keeping in mind the well-being of both you and the other party.

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  • If an office crush makes you uncomfortable, first speak to the person involved. If this does not rectify the situation, speak to your manager.


  • Avoid "stringing along" the person who has a crush on you if you have no intention to enter into a relationship. This will serve only to offend and upset the person.
  • Office romances are often frowned upon by employers, as break-ups can affect working relationships and team morale.

About the Author

Ben Wakeling graduated from Coventry University in 2009 with an upper second class honours B.Sc. degree in construction management. Wakeling is also a freelance writer, and works for a number of businesses, such as Demand Studios, Suite 101 and Academic Knowledge.

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