Examples of workplace dating policies
For example, giving raises/promotions to a subordinate simply because of a relationship he/she has with a superior or the perception of the relationship having an impact exists.”And don’t forget about sexual harassment. Even if the relationship was consensual, you always run the risk of a sexual harassment claim from the subordinate who can claim feeling pressured to continue the relationship out of fear of losing their job.However, Janet Blair Page, Ph D sees this type of romance in a slightly more favorable light: “The up side is that if the relationship works either as a romance or closer friendship, the subordinate wins more intimacy with no downside and the subordinate wins a lover and/or friend and possibly protector and mentor as well.”What to Do When Romance is Unavoidable Some office romances go beyond the excitement of a mere fling; they’re the real thing.For example, if one party wants to end the relationship but the other one doesn’t, a sexual harassment claim may come up.Another potential ugly consequence of workplace romance?
The Supervisor/Subordinate Relationship – Double Trouble? The supervisor/subordinate relationship is one of the trickiest office romances to navigate since there are so many potential pitfalls. Think of it this way: If your supervisor has ten other employees under him but he’s dating you, your coworkers are going to start treating you differently.
Whether he is or isn’t offering you any special “perks”, such as raises or time off, people are going to believe he is. As a supervisor dating a subordinate, you may run into some issues as well.
Say you’re the supervisor and the person you’re dating suddenly believes they no longer have to work as hard or even do their job at all.
Relationships need time to grow between just two people before being brought out into the open.
Constant scrutiny can drive a quick wedge between you.This type of situation can lead to poor performance, increased absenteeism, workplace drama and a possible hostile work environment.