I had been building on what I thought was a genuine connection with a coworker.
I’ll be transparent, I am her direct boss, which is tricky. However, the chemistry, to me, was undeniable. We work in a small office setting (4 of us) but she is constantly asking me for assistance, texting me after hours and does not hesitate to make slight physical, flirty touches to me when it’s not remotely necessary. This has been going on for a couple of weeks now. So I finally asked her to get drinks with me after work.
The response I got was clearly an excuse as to why she couldn’t. What do I do now? Give the benefit of the doubt? Or change my whole approach to her at work and become more professional? The latter, I feel, could be awkward.