With Valentine’s Day just behind us, cupid may have left a few arrows in the workplace. workforce study found that 37 percent of workers have dated a coworker at some point in their career.People spend a lot of time at work and even more time at office lunches and happy hours, so it is not uncommon for workplace relationships to evolve into intimate relationships. When romantic relationships enter the workplace, the relationship is no longer just between two people, but can affect coworkers, supervisors, and the public. How much jurisdiction does a business leader really have over employees’ off-time?Just a few of the real-world difficulties caused by workplace romance that I’ve seen during my career include: Interestingly, the Society for Human Resource Management reports that while HR professionals aren’t reporting more workplace romances, the number of companies that have adopted formal romance policies has sharply increased. Can a policy protect your company from charges of sexual harassment or favoritism, conflict or morale problems?If there are not policies, should there be set guidelines?
Relationships Between Supervisors and Subordinates While any relationship between employees may cause problems in the workplace, the level of exposure to employers increases when a romantic relationship develops between a supervisor and subordinate.
Workplace romances tend to be the stuff of legend – either because a department (or entire company) got dragged into the drama, or the couple lives happily ever after. For that reason, many companies discourage interoffice dating. Yes, it may feel weird to try and control someone’s love life, but your job as a leader is to ensure a fair and equitable workplace.
Lest you feel hard-hearted for discouraging workplace lovebirds, consider the turmoil and drop in productivity that can be caused by gossip, poor morale, and accusations of favoritism or sexual harassment charges.
Workplace romance exists when two members of the same organization develop a relationship with mutual attraction.
Intermingling within the workplace may cause damages to morale and productivity in the workplace.