10 Signs A Female Coworker Likes You But Is Hiding It

There’s a level of professionalism in any work environment that makes romance a little tricky.

If there’s someone who catches your eye at work, you can’t exactly start flirting with her at full force.

On top of that, it’s hard to tell how a woman feels when there’s the pressure to keep things businesslike.

So, does someone at work have deeper feelings for you? And if so, is there a way to find out?

Here are 10 clear-as-day signs a female coworker likes you but is hiding it…

Signs A Female Coworker Likes You But Is Hiding It

You Catch Her Staring At You A Lot

You Catch Her Staring At You A Lot

Staring is a common giveaway when it comes to attraction. When you like someone, you want to keep looking at them! 

An odd, accidental look from a female coworker now and then might not mean anything.

But constantly catching her staring right at you with a deep, direct gaze can be an indication that she’s into you!

Her Small Talk Questions Go Deeper Than Small Talk

Her Small Talk Questions Go Deeper Than Small Talk

We all know what office small talk is like. You greet each other every morning. You chat about the weekend or about how the family is doing.

There’s almost an unspoken agreement about what topics are fine to cover during long elevator rides and by the water dispenser.

When a female coworker breaks those norms and asks more probing questions, it can be a sign of deeper interest.

She wants to know more about you than everyone else at the office does. She might also “overshare” personal details about her life in order to get the ball rolling.

This is an attempt to forge a deeper, more meaningful connection beyond the casual nature of small talk.

She Touches You ‘Accidentally” Often

She Touches You 'Accidentally" Often

In the workplace, touching isn’t exactly common. You might get the occasional encouraging shoulder pat, but that’s about it.

This is why a female coworker who likes you will express her attraction in subtler ways to stay work-appropriate.

This means she might touch your shoulder more often than necessary. She may bump into you constantly but rarely show that clumsiness anywhere else. Her congratulatory pats on the back might linger a little too long. 

She might even go beyond the norms and initiate more intimate touches, like hugs, with just you! This is her way of conveying her attraction to you.

If you’re not comfortable with that, though, you should let her know quickly.

She Shares Her Packed Food With Just You

She Shares Her Packed Food With Just You

Does your female coworker pack lunch for work? If so, does she tend to share her food with you or offer a few bites?

Maybe she’s even starting packing a little extra just for you. That’s a sign that she likes you.

She wants to show you that she cares about you and is thinking of you!

She’s Around You More Often Than Her Job Needs Her To Be

She's Around You More Often Than Her Job Needs Her To Be

You’ll spend a lot of time with your colleagues throughout your life. But when someone’s got a crush on you, they’ll want to be around you even more than that.

A female coworker who likes you will seem to pop up around you, even when she doesn’t have to be there.

She’ll go to the coffee machine at the same time as you. She’ll walk the long way around to say hi.

She’ll choose to sit next to you when applicable at meetings. Sometimes, it’ll be subtle, but if you keep seeing her more than you need to, there’s probably a reason!

She Showers You With Compliments

She Showers You With Compliments

Compliments are an extremely common sign of attraction and flirtation.

People know that compliments make others feel good! A female coworker who always has something nice to say about you is trying to get you to notice her.

She wants you to see that she likes you – and the things she compliments you about!

She Mirrors Your Body Language

She Mirrors Your Body Language

People automatically mirror the body language of those they like. When speaking to that female coworker, take note of her gestures. 

Does she fix her hair when you do? Touch her chin shortly after you touch yours?

Angle herself to be facing you the same way you angle her? She’s mirroring you and might be into you!

She Remembers Lots Of Subtle Things About You

Friends having a chat, talking together, drinking coffee, sitting in a cafe. Young man and woman having a break, relaxing in cafe

Lots of information goes back and forth in an office environment. There’s a lot to keep track of, and people have to make a conscious effort to remember more “unimportant” things.

As such, someone who goes out of their way to remember lots of tiny details has a reason for doing so.

Your female coworker remembers the one time you mentioned your favorite movie. She seems to know how you like your coffee and what your go-to order from the cafeteria is. S

he recalls that you talked about something really small about your personal life two weeks ago. 

If she remembers these things about you and doesn’t recall anyone else’s information that way, she likes you!

She Wants To Spend Time With You Outside Of Work

Work environments don’t exactly make the most romantic ones. If a female coworker likes you, she probably also knows that she can’t act on that in an office.

She might, then, ask you to spend time with her outside of work. This could be with others or one-on-one. 

The offer might not seem very intimate at first. At the very least, you’ll know that she likes you enough to want to be your friend. It’s a good idea to take things slowly at first.

These meetings will give you the chance to learn if you’re slated to move beyond a platonic relationship or not!

The Whole Office Seems To Know

Offices are relatively small environments, and that means people notice everything. And they gossip about everything too. 

People can tell when there are hints of romance beginning to float through the air.

If your colleagues all “know” that a female coworker has a crush on you, there’s a good chance they’re right!


The truth is that it’s hard to pick up on definite signs of romantic interest in a professional environment.

You could see all these signs in a female coworker and it might not mean anything.

Or you could see none of those signs, but that coworker could still like you.

If you’re curious to find out what’s really going on, why not test that chemistry outside of the workspace? Anything could happen!

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