What’s more likely is that if the relationship goes south, one partner may leave the company.
This may have financial costs if that person was a good performer.” Quite frankly, she asserts, “It may be misguided to try and enforce a ‘no dating’ policy, as these can be seen as intrusive to many employees, depending on the organizational and industry culture.” There are some upsides to office romances, too.
I run a small company and am wondering what the consequences are of starting up a romantic relationship with one of my employees, and how it will affect my business and relationship with other employees.
I know romantic relationships with people who work under you are discouraged, however It is a very risky business.
There is an inherent conflict between coherent office management and sexual relations.
Create safety by letting them know you have their best interest in mind,” Grenny says. Describe the situation using tentative terms and what you think the couple is doing, not what you’ve concluded. Don’t air a list of gripes; address one issue at a time.
Worse still, when a supervisor is in a relationship with a subordinate, the line between romance and sexual harassment becomes increasingly thin.
In such an event, says Scher, the company is open to lawsuits, bad press, and unpleasant turbulence that can seriously disrupt operations.
According to Salvaggio, “Research suggests that married co-workers are a source of social support to each other. It can really help that your partner understands your work and organizational situation — he or she shares your worldview and perspective.” Information may be abridged and therefore incomplete.
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