Employer dating policy
These relationships make sense because the commonalities that coworkers share such as proximity to the workplace, shared interests, similar ages, children about the same age, the actual work and customers, and similar incomes, encourage friendships and potential romantic relationships.
With so much in common, friendships and romantic relationships are a natural outcome of the environment.
“Additionally, if the relationship ends, one of the employees may claim the relationship was not consensual, that the employee was sexually harassed, or that that employee was retaliated against if that employee receives a poor performance review from the former paramour,” says Zoller.
According to a Career Builder survey, interoffice dating has a fairly high success rate--of the 38% of people surveyed that dated a co-worker at least once, 31% went on to marry that co-worker! If you believe the stats of new employees entering the workforce, it might seem so.These friendships and romances can also affect the workplace positively adding to the sense of teamwork and camaraderie.Yes, relationships can also go awry and result in friction and conflict at work. The key with a fraternization policy is to minimize the impact of the things that can go wrong on your workplace and maximize the powerfully positive aspects of employee relationships.The dating or fraternization policy adopted by an organization reflects the culture of the organization.Employee oriented, forward thinking workplaces recognize that one of the places that employees meet their eventual spouse or partner is at work.
Traditional places like church, family events, and leisure time activities don’t present the same pool of candidates as they did in earlier times.