No dating policy workplace
“Co-workers must work together effectively, and it takes a high level of maturity to manage both a sexual/romantic and a work relationship simultaneously.
The potential for bias, confusion, complex relationship dynamics, and in-fighting increases where these kinds of dual-role relationships exist,” he adds.
Thirty percent of those who’d dated a co-worker married them.
In a recent Career survey, 39 percent of respondents said they’d dated a co-worker .
So, what do you do if Cupid strikes two of your employees? There are consequences for the company, particularly if the relationship is between a manager and a subordinate.
“By turning a blind eye, the owner not only could be unaware of potential sexual harassment and a resulting lawsuit, but could be accused of willful ignorance, thus exacerbating the harm to the subordinate and the resulting injury award,” warns David Scher, principal attorney for the Employment Law Group.
In addition, office romances can lead to increased gossip, decreased morale (especially if others perceive that the subordinate is receiving favorable treatment), and a general distraction from (or even an aversion to) simply getting the job done, he adds.
Women (38 percent) were more likely than men (21 percent) to date a higher-ranking colleague. According to the survey, social settings outside of the office were the most common, followed by running into each other outside of work, attending happy hours, spending late nights at the office, and going to lunch.
Love has always had its consequences, and there are more than you might realize when it strikes in an office setting. Pretending that you don’t know what’s going on is a decision you’re likely to regret if things go badly between the co-workers.
There is an inherent conflict between coherent office management and sexual relations.
Sex is generally considered a private topic, and romance has its own potential for drama, Scher says.
In fact, it’s practically inevitable that, sooner or later, two of your employees will get together and start a relationship.Most of the entanglements occurred between two peers, but 29 percent of workers who’d dated a colleague said it was someone who outranked them in the company’s hierarchy, and 16 percent admitted to dating their boss.