Policy on dating coworkers
A place where people share a common interest, and spend most of their time, provides the perfect opportunity for love.While love can make one do crazy things An added complication is that one or both partners involved in a workplace romance may be married or in a relationship outside of the workplace.A stunning 20% of people who told Career Builder that they had dated someone at the office admitted that at least one person in the relationship was married.Perhaps that makes sense given the amount of time we spend at work: In an office relationship, you can relate to the struggles someone faces from 9 to 5, says Brownlee.When in a workplace people grow bonds with their co-workers that go beyond just friendly 'lunch' meetings.They grow in-depth relationships that deepen into romance.The laws are in place to protect both the employee as well as the employer or organization.
Intermingling within the workplace may cause damages to morale and productivity in the workplace.Dana Brownlee, president of professional training development company Professionalism Matters, advises against initiating a romance with your manager, or, likewise, with anyone who reports to you directly or indirectly."If you're a manager, you should be held to a higher standard," she says."You're creating a climate where people are going to see bias whether there really is bias or not."Relationships with your peers are generally more acceptable—assuming they're unhitched.According to the EEOC, "Harassment can include 'sexual harassment' or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature." The EEOC also explains that the victim can be harassed by a co-worker, an outside vendor or visitor to the workplace, or the employee's supervisor.It is in this latter instance, where the relationships between supervisors and employees can become a problem in the workplace.