Playing musical chairs with direct reports does not solve the ethical issues that come with this interoffice romance.As owners, both of you are responsible for setting the tone for the organization and for modeling behavior expected of all employees.Have a thing for the guy who sits next to the printer? According to a survey, 56 percent of American business professionals say they've had some kind of romantic relationship with a coworker—whether that's a random hookup at the office holiday party or a long-term partnership that ultimately led to marriage.While an office romance might sound like a recipe for disaster (and in some cases against corporate policy), there are ways to make sure the situation doesn't end in heartbreak or employment termination.1. Likewise, avoid starting a relationship with someone who works for you.You and your partner need to see your attorney as well as an HR expert, but first you need to have an owner-to-owner talk about leadership ethics.This is no dating game—the relationship, whether or not they stay together, could wreak havoc on your culture and company.Your partner’s expectation that you will now supervise his love interest isn’t coming from a place of leadership or ethical awareness.When a supervisor dates an employee it is never a private matter.
According to the new policy, “No management-level employee may make sexual advances, welcome or unwelcome, toward any subordinate.”Considering Charney’s time with the company was riddled with allegations of sexual harassment, it’s no surprise that the company wants to take a more conservative approach to fraternization.
You should not get romantically involved with someone thinking it will improve your standing in a particular company.
You should rely on your successes and networking to help you get ahead.3.
But here’s the thing: Whether or not there are policies forbidding them, office relationships happen.
A recent survey by Career Builder found that nearly 40% of employees admitted to having a romantic relationship with a co-worker.