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.
Global management and strategy consultant Kathleen Brush says when a company she’s working with doesn’t have a policy expressly forbidding superior-subordinate relationships, she lobbies hard to get one in place.
“I do this because [relationships] can cause a lot of damage. They are dead ringers for cascading violations of integrity.” One of the major concerns regarding junior/senior dating is that there may be an element of coercion.
At some time during your working life, you may have dated, or even married, someone you met at work.
“Junior-senior relationships in the office can hurt morale and even harm the company if the people involved forget their professionalism,” says Beth P. The relationship can lead to claims of favoritism or cause other co-workers to feel uncomfortable and create a hostile work environment.
Here are a few common stipulations that companies include in an employee dating policy: Having a formal policy doesn’t mean you have to write someone up every time you find out about a casual date.
However, you do have to act immediately if productivity is affected, if you get complaints from employees, or gossip and conflict are tearing a department apart. Some conversation starters might include: Should employees get involved, some companies have the partners sign a “love contract.” Such documents specify that the relationship is consensual, that the pair will behave professionally, won’t engage in favoritism nor will take legal action against the employer, or each other, if the relationship ends.
Often, an employee will argue that he or she was an unwilling participant in a relationship that merely appeared to be consensual.
Even a consensual relationship, if it goes sour, can result in unwelcome advances, stalking, or other predatory conduct.