What I'm thinking is that the guy that I'm interested may have heard, because he's a desk away from me. So, I'm thinking that if he did hear, then he knows I'm already being asked to go places with the guys. ...This would be a good indicator of his feelings towards me.
personally, i think it's a wise decision to have a strict policy against this. if something destined emerges, it would be compelling enuf to override such a policy... but if you very easily see the men you work with as candidates... my goodness, that could quickly become a nightmare.
that's just me. but honestly... do you wanna be dealing with this sorta complication when you go to work? it's stressful & distracting...