Workplace dating ethics
It has nothing to do with mutual attraction or consensual behaviour.The fact that two individuals have been in a consensual sexual relationship does not mean that sexual harassment may not occur following the end of the relationship.The most obvious downside to workplace relationships is that they can lead to sexual harassment claims, Pierce says, adding there have been more than 50 federal and state workplace romance-sexual harassment legal cases since 1980.And that’s not mentioning the far greater number of claims that have been handled internally without ever going to court.It is important to establish a professional atmosphere where company goals can be accomplished and that means creating a working environment where people are productive and feel comfortable with each other.
Sometimes bitterness will result leading the couple to feud and force co-workers to take sides.
Some employers have developed consensual office relationship policies, says Pierce.
While allowing consensual romances, the policies stipulate boundaries and provide processes for co-workers to complain or express concerns.
He also found that having a job where an employee has the ability to move freely around the workplace and socialize can be predictive of a relationship.
The more a person interacts with other employees, the more apt he or she is to meet someone that can lead to a romantic involvement.And while to some, workplace romances may seem harmless, they, in fact, can lead to serious problems, says Charles A.