Many people meet at work before beginning a romantic relationship.Prohibiting it could decrease morale and could even result in losing employees who wish to date coworkers but cannot. At least once a month, I get a call from a TV producer or reporter, who is covering a story about allegations of a boss having sex with an employee--with it often times being a consensual relationship.Whether it's , by Mackenzie Phillips, who claims to have allegedly had a consensual, sexual relationship with her father. I really believe you would need to be a victim of either one of these terrible scenarios--sexual harassment or incest--to really know that. Companies, large or small, and private or publically held, end up paying the price for bosses who are simply put, too horny.In her study, which for simplicity concentrated only on heterosexual relationships, Chan-Serafin found that if an employee was in a relationship with their boss or supervisor, their chances of being promoted or considered for internal training programs was reduced. In the study, 145 people were asked to review an application from a senior associate in a law firm, and then advise on his/her suitability for promotion to partner.Study participants were shown a CV and given a brief description about the candidate.
Your employer may have specific rules related to dating, including disclosure, so it is important to consult with your employment handbook and an experienced employment lawyer.
The employers may fear: Can an Employer Prohibit Employees from Dating One Another?
So, can an employer do something about these concerns?
Amorous relationships in the workplace aren't something to just snigger about over by the coffee machine. Moments such as deciding who to promote and who to select for training and development.
The answer, of course, is because we are human and humans have inbuilt biases and prejudices that, however hard we may try to suppress them, bubble up at strategic moments.