Dating within a company
Some companies have official office romance policies to reduce risks associated with misconduct, office scandals and poor work performance.
You can't always control whom you fall in love with, but you might have to choose between the relationship and your job if your company has strict dating policies.
You may also want to prohibit inter-department dating to avoid conflict.
Have the involved parties sign a contract that states their relationship is mutually consensual, they are both free to end the relationship at any point in time without an impact on work, that they will not let the relationship effect their performance, and that they understand the company’s sexual harassment policy.
However, you can communicate with the two parties the expectations of discussing confidential company information with one another during pillow talk.
When dealing with office romances, it is important to clearly communicate the expectations of the employees from the very start.
It also has an obligation to protect its clients and itself from conflicts of interest.
But beyond fulfilling the letter of the law, it’s simply in everyone’s interest to create a workplace that feels comfortable and safe.
Dating policies at work protect employers from sexual harassment lawsuits, scandalous affairs, biased promotions, low office morale, decreased productivity, co-worker jealousy and emotional workplace tensions.