Though traditionally maligned for reasons I’m about to get into, office romance can be beneficial for businesses. Lane III, author of , sees employee dating as a way to increase employee engagement.
When it comes to employee dating, job title and department matter.
According to a 2013 SHRM survey, only 32% of HR professionals think employers should have the right to prohibit office romance outright, but a whopping 95% voted to restrict romance between a supervisor and a direct report.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, there’s an uptick in whiteboard hearts and watercooler gossip.
Love is in the air alright, but chances are, it’s been there all year long: 56% of business professionals say they’ve been in relationships with coworkers.
In an era of lawsuits, it’s wise for organizations to have a written or verbal employee dating policy.
These policies clarify the company’s rules on relationships between coworkers, supervisors and subordinates, as well as employees and clients, vendors, and competitors.The way we view office romance is changing, alongside the blending of our personal and professional lives.More employees are dating each other, and fewer HR leaders view these relationships as unprofessional (just 29% in 2013, down from 58% in 2005). The employee dating dynamic can cause distraction, morale issues and claims of real or perceived favoritism.The biggest threat to office romance is the retaliation lawsuit.22% of workers say they suffered retaliation after an office romance ended.Retaliation can take many forms: termination, shift changes, pay cuts, transfers, and other adverse actions have been found to be retaliatory.