Because of these potential pitfalls, many firms have policies that were established to try and discourage or even prohibit such liaisons from forming.
The question for the small business owner or manager becomes: how best is one to manage such relationships so that they do not have a negative impact on the company without infringing unduly on the privacy of employees?
But beyond fulfilling the letter of the law, it’s simply in everyone’s interest to create a workplace that feels comfortable and safe.
That goes for both types of offices—those that allow office relationships and those that don’t. In real life, people’s relationships exist on many levels, not all sexual, which complicates the effort to write an office policy about relationships.
Small companies may be in a more difficult position than larger firms when it comes to managing workplace romances.
It’s often in the eye of the beholder (or the beholder’s spouse) whether or not a platonic relationship with a coworker crosses the line.
Workplace romance exists when two members of the same organization develop a relationship with mutual attraction.
Intermingling within the workplace may cause damages to morale and productivity in the workplace.
Office romances—romantic relationships between two people employed by the same employer—are as common now as they have been throughout history.
The long hours many people spend at work make for a situation in which those with whom we work are for many not only colleagues but our primary source of social contact.
A place where people share a common interest, and spend most of their time, provides the perfect opportunity for love.