First, a few numbers: A survey said 59% of respondents have participated in some form of office romance — whether it was a one-night stand, a casual relationship, a long-term commitment or all of the above.
Many employers realize a blanket ban on employee dating is unnecessary and unworkable.
And more and more organizations have a framework or policy for managing those relationships these days — almost three in four (72%), according to recent research from the Employment Law Alliance.
It can feel like an invasion of privacy – after all, aren’t two grownups entitled to conduct their romantic lives however they choose? That’s often slippery ground for supervisors who are far more comfortable with cut-and-dried topics like production numbers and scheduling. Office relationships are often the focus of intense discussion – which can lead to workplace distractions and even unprofessional conduct on the part of co-workers. Managers must make sure both the romantic partners and their co-workers understand that cooperation and productivity expectations remain unchanged, no matter how personal relationships may develop.
Managers aren’t the only ones who need to be aware of the rules surrounding workplace romance – employees do, too.
What can companies do to prevent romantic relationships between employees?
Although some firms have strict anti-fraternization policies, the real-world answer is – not much.
If such a situation is uncovered, the company should immediately begin its normal sexual harassment investigation process.
He routinely threatens my life and is still not over the fact that I left him. In 1950, singles were just 22 percent of the adult population..
With that, the potential for charges of favoritism or special treatment is eliminated.
Addressing a situation when two employees start seeing each other isn’t often a manager’s favorite issue to deal with.
Best practice: Set up a policy that requires supervisors who become involved with a subordinate to report the relationship to upper management as early as possible.