Policies on dating in the workplace
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.
That percentage is on the rise, and it’s no surprise: we spend one-third of our lives at work.
So, is it possible to allow cupid’s arrows in the office—but steer clear of legal landmines?
In our lifetimes, we’ll spend 90,000 hours at our jobs, and we build organic relationships with the people we see everyday.
When it comes to meeting people, the office is the new village.
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.
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.But a lot of companies don't let the rank and file decide--they adopt policies that ban or limit workplace dating--all in the name of lowering liability.Enforcing these policies can take their toll on a company. Earlier this year, Best Buy's chief executive, Brian Dunn, stepped down after an investigation by the board discovered he had shown "extremely poor judgment" with a 29-year-old female employee.Legally speaking, in most states an employer can enact a policy that prohibits employees from dating one another.(Check your state and local laws for exceptions, which do exist and are usually centered on employee privacy or limitations for employers on prohibiting nonwork activities.) However, even if legal, banning any work romantic involvement can come with its own consequences.