In reality, however, if employees want to date, they will…
you may just not know about it until it starts to impact your work environment. You can’t prevent sparks from igniting, but you can avoid a legal flameout.(About the Author: Deborah J.
But 99 percent of organizations get it right and ban intra-office relationships between supervisor and subordinate.
It can compromise credibility and lead to subordinates disrespecting their supervisors.
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These policies protect the company as well as the two individuals involved.It seems great on paper, but it doesn’t account for the human condition.Your employees will date someone if they want and assume as long as they don’t display affection, no one would find out.Make sure every person in your office understand the rules and how to report relationships should they become serious.Some HR departments require written disclosures, making the involved employees officially state their relationship. This is extremely hard to enforce because the term “fraternization” is difficult to completely define and policies that ban fraternization don’t really work.
So, what does the burgeoning office relationship mean for employers?