Employee Privacy; Human Resource Policies; Nepotism Office romances—romantic relationships between two people employed by the same employer—are as common now as they have been throughout history.
The long hours many people spend at work make for a situation in which those with whom we work are for many not only colleagues but our primary source of social contact.
Banning dating among employees may not be a reasonable solution, although exceptions can certainly be made in instances where one of the principals involved has a supervisory role over the other.
One concern with a newly forming romance in the workplace is that it will be accompanied by inappropriate displays of affection in the office.
Most experts suggest that a company establish some sort of policy addressing this issue so that it is not put in a position of being reactionary when confronted with the first such romance.
By planning ahead, incorporating guidelines on workplace romances into the employment policies, and publicizing these policies, a company can remove confusion and in most cases the concern about favoritism.
Dating someone who is in control of her life and needs can be exciting, but you might sometimes wonder how a relationship fits into the mix.
Does she really need a partner or is she looking to kill time between meetings?
Rather than having vague plans which are easy to forget about, try to schedule in lunch dates around work or whisk her away for a romantic mini-break at the weekend.
She may not be available at a moment’s notice, but a relationship with a professional woman is all about compromise.
Actions to consider when preparing such a policy include: Do not flinch from intervening promptly in situations where a workplace relationship is having a detrimental effect on business productivity.
In cases of sexual harassment claims, more often than not, court decisions on liability have little to do with whether a company had a dating policy in place and everything to do with how a company responded when a complaint was lodged.
There’ll be much less chance of getting stuck in a rut and your partner can help give you the push you need to achieve your own goals.