Dating within the workplace
But they exchanged a few texts, then graduated to friendly lunches.
Intermingling within the workplace may cause damages to morale and productivity in the workplace.Is it legal to fully prohibit employees from dating one another?Or does that overstep boundaries and put too much restriction on an employee’s personal life?Chain-of-command issues One of the most troubling scenarios of dating in the workplace involves a relationship that forms between a supervisor and a subordinate.No matter how consensual the relationship may seem, there is always a chance that the subordinate will later claim that he was coerced into the relationship by the supervisor.Given the power a supervisor wields over subordinates, it could be very difficult for the employer to establish anything to the contrary.
A subordinate also could claim retaliation if he is given a poor performance review after the relationship ends.
However, employers may have another opinion on the matter. What Are the Potential Pitfalls of Employee Romances?
Many employers see the idea of employees dating one another as potentially threatening productivity or even opening up too much liability for the employer. First, let’s look at some of the most common reasons employers may desire to curb employees’ desire for one another.
Along with this, businesses and companies are still confused at whether or not they should interfere in the romantic relationship.
If they do choose to interfere, what department should be in control of handling the situation and what policies should be set if workplace romances do happen.
If there are not policies, should there be set guidelines?