Is it normal i like a woman who works under me?
We are the same age. She's been giving me signals that she might like me too. Only... I'm her manager and our company has a strict no dating policy on situations like these. To make matters worse: both of us have long contracts with this company. And neither of us are planning to quit any time soon.
So my questions are:
1) Is it normal for me to feel this way and still want to pursue her?
2) How do I go about pursuing her without making her feel like I'm "abusing my power" or some shit? (She can report me and I'd be totally screwed. She can even report me for asking her out: because that is against the rules. I know her as a nice woman but she can also be feisty and outspoken. What if I guessed wrong, and she's not that into me? What if she interprets my advances as sexual harassment? That could be terrible for me.) How do I keep it professional and not give the others the idea that I'm giving this woman preferential treatment?
I don't want either of us to lose our jobs over this. I don't want every gossip at the office to be talking about me and my private life. I don't want to build up a reputation of being "that guy" who dates his female employees. I don't know...