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Obviously, other concerns include sexual harassment and/or perceived favoritism.
Consequently, employers should consider a policy curtailing relationships between supervisor/subordinate, particularly when they are in the same “chain of command,” and/or between employee/client.
Employers are in the cross hairs when a workplace romance ends.
Simply, a lovesick employee can claim that the workplace romance was actually non-consensual, or that it was created within a hostile work environment.
What are some of the pitfalls with intimate relationships in the workplace?
And, even if the office relationship was not physically intimate, 44% of respondents said they had an office “husband” or “wife,” with whom they share lunch and meaningful conversation.
(If you wish to take the 2014 Office Romance Survey, you can do so here.)Social media use in workplace romances should cause a moment of panic to employers and employees.
Public displays of affection and romantic/sexual banter even between consenting co-workers may make other employees uncomfortable, can be considered unprofessional and may give rise to complaints of sexual harassment.
Any policy on professional behavior should also encompass the professional use of social media, email, texting and other forms of communication, and can be combined with a “Usage Policy.”While there are other unique possible policies (including informed consent/love contract policies), employers must remember some of the basics including anti-harassment policies and training.