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Discussion: Do you think it's okay for IT folk to fraternize or flirt with the person they're currently in the process of helping?

@brandon While working? No, generally not. I know it happens, but I feel that work is work and you should try and keep it separate from your private life.

@nathand I completely agree, and doubly so when you're actively working on an issue they need resolved

@brandon My experience, it's best to keep things professional. You may think it's harmless, but the person on the receiving end may not feel the same.

@bpepple Of course. Like, you're the one who they "need" to solve their issue. I feel like it may be an abuse of some sort of power too

@brandon definitely not before or during helping, but once someone is no longer in a state of dependence on you and they can be honest with you without you jeopardizing their pc or account etc, sure. Obviously in a professional and respectful way, whether it's friendly or romantic. At the end of the day we're all human beings.

@Gina I like this answer. IT's got that sort of power dynamic when someone needs help and comes to us in that state of (sometimes) helplessness. I can easily see how someone might worry that their laptop or account may be compromised if they don't accept the advances an IT folk may make

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