Dating at work is tricky, which is why learning how to tell if a guy likes you at work matters. It is not like asking a guy out at the coffee shop. If he says no, you both move on with your life, and you’ll never see him again.
At work, taking that risk is not so minor. Things could get awkward every day. Should you flirt? Or do you keep things professional? Should you ask him out or wait and see if he asks you out?
Answering all those questions would be so much easier if you just knew if a guy likes you at work. [Read: Get off the emotional seesaw! 10 signs your crush likes you]
Is it hard to tell if a guy likes you at work?
Not really. It is the same as trying to figure out if a guy likes you in school or in your friend group. The only thing that potentially makes it hard is if he is wondering the same thing about you.
He may want to keep things PG at work. Maybe he wants to see if you like him so he plays it cool until he can tell if you like him. No one wants to be rejected, especially not by someone at work. Not only is it weird between you two after that, but you know how office gossip is.
That is why before making any moves, you want to understand the subtle details to know how to tell if a guy likes you at work. [Read: 9 tips for a hassle free relationship with a coworker]
How to tell if a guy likes you at work
Looking for signs to tell if a guy likes you at work is not too complicated. Yes, guys can be hard to read sometimes, but the signs that someone is interested tend to be pretty clear.
All you have to do is know where to look and what to look for.
#1 You talk a lot. If someone likes you they talk to you. It is really that simple. Do you talk to people you don’t like? At least not intentionally. If he goes out of his way to talk to you or stays at your desk longer than is needed, he is at least a bit interested.
And you don’t just talk about work. Talking about TV shows, your family, or anything else means he wants to get to know you for reasons that are not work-related. [Read: 15 obvious flirting signs between a guy and a girl]
#2 He covers for you. Forgot to make copies because you were staring into his baby blues? He tells your boss you were helping him or that he was hogging the copier. A guy that likes you is going to look out for you.
A guy that is simply interested in you physically may just let you take the fall.
#3 He flirts. And just with you. Some guys are just naturally flirty. But if he has his focus on you and not all the girls in the office, that is a pretty good sign he likes you.
Observe his behavior with others. Is he nice to other female employees hoping to get help from them? Is he only flirty when he needs you for something? Or is he continuously flirty with you all the time? [Read: The crystal clear signs a guy is flirting with you]
#4 He makes time to greet you. Whether you work in the same department or on opposite floors, he always makes time to say good morning. He is excited to see you every day. It is not the same as saying good day to the security guard or the secretary.
If he always makes sure you see each other, he is certainly interested.
#5 He walks you to your car. What a gentleman. Sure, some guys are just nice like that. But walking you to your car is more time he gets to spend with you. A guy that is just interested in you as a friend won’t go out of his way.
#6 You have inside jokes. Sure you have inside jokes with the copy boy, Linda in human resources, and Gary the IT guy, but your jokes are not the same. Think Pam and Jim from The Office.
They are not just normal water cooler jokes, but they feel special because they are between you two.
#7 Everyone says you would be so cute together. Sometimes it is easier for others to see what you can’t. If there is chemistry between you, I guarantee your coworkers see it. If they are always assuming you are dating or telling you that you should date, maybe you should.
#8 He is curious about your personal life. A guy who wants to keep your relationship platonic and inside the work walls will not ask about your dating life. A guy who wants to make sure you are single before pursuing things with you any further will ask about your weekend plans, if you’re seeing anyone, etc. [Read: 15 subtle things guys do to impress a girl]
#9 You talk outside of work. I have had quite a few work friends. But most of them I rarely talk to outside of work. And if I do it, is always about work. If you talk outside of work and the topics cover music, books, or the future he likes you.
He may be just as nervous to say something as you are.
#10 You go to work events together. It is always good to have a work friend. Having that person to cling to in meetings and at dreaded work events is key to liking your job. But if that person is the guy you like and the one you think likes you, he probably does.
#11 He complains about being single. He tries to be subtle but sucks at it. When a guy at work complains to you about his bad dates, not only does he want you to know he is single and open, but also tries to explain the type of girl he is interested in.
Strangely they are very similar to all of your characteristics. Hmm. [Read: How guys flirt – 15 subtle things men do when they like you]
#12 He pays attention. A guy that is only talking to you to fill the void of silence and work at work will not remember specifics that you talked about. If you told him your favorite candy was Necco wafers and a few days later he brings you some, he likes you. A lot.
When he puts the effort in to show you that he listens and cares, it is not just for fun.
#13 He is supportive. Considering a promotion? A guy that likes you will be supportive. He will let you bounce ideas off of him and be rooting for you the whole way. And if he is worth it, he won’t be bitter about it.
#14 Body language. The key to knowing if a guy likes you at work is body language. Yes, some guys hug and rub your back just to be friendly in their own weird way. But if he high fives you and lingers at the end or if his body and feet are always pointing towards you he is interested, for sure. [Read: Learn to read a guy’s body language like a book]
#15 There is a vibe. I know, this is not an exact science, but this is what makes it click. All the other signs could be there, but without this one there is just no sure thing. If you get that vibe he likes you and you like him, return the vibe and see what happens.
Of course, check your work policy on office dating first, but then go for it.
[Read: Is your coworker looking to start a workplace romance with you?]
Next time you are wondering how to tell if a guy likes you at work, come back here and brush up on the signs. Then, you’ll know for sure.
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