Conflict of interest dating in the workplace

03 Dec

In the third case, the couple were able to totally keep their relationship out of the workplace but that meant no displays of affection (or worse closing the office door and having sex where the other employees could hear you), no special treatment in favor of the employee(in fact her promotions got held up and she was held to a much higher standard than the rest of the team), no insider information, and no acting as if you were more important because you were having an affair with the boss.In the worst case, the company lost several valuable employees because they couldn't stand to be managed by the secretary the CEO promoted to be the Project Manager because he was having an affair with her.

Keep in mind that some states prohibit employers from taking adverse action against employees for lawful off-duty conduct.

How does social media affect these romances and workplaces?

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, this article focuses on relationships in the workplace, and what employers and employees should consider when falling in love (or having more than just a platonic relationship) with a co-worker.

Distribute written policies about the type of workplace conduct you expect from supervisors and employees.

For example, employers can expect employees to maintain a professional environment and refrain from public displays of affection while on-duty and on company premises.