Workplace dating wrong

Handle your office romance the right way and you might live happily ever after; screw it up and you could wind up looking for a new job.

Workplace romances will happen regardless of what HR does, but there are things you can do to alleviate the challenges that come with workplace romances.

I know you’re good at math, but it’s worth saying out loud: that’s one in four employees! It’s imperative to have policies in writing—probably somewhere near rules on sexual harassment.

And you know what they say about where there’s a will, there’s a way. Not only will a proactive approach help your organization avoid a number of pitfalls, but it will also help avoid any awkward circumstances that may arise.

You spend all your time at work, it’s hard to take time out to date, why not date people at your work?

’The important thing to note in this situation is there is no tried and true answer to your question: there are just opinions.

So if workplace dating is such a bad idea, why do employees keep doing it?

Is it because the stress of working together creates a unique bond between people?

But when this person is a work colleague, you may still have to maintain a professional relationship no matter how badly things end.

Whether you decide to discourage office romances or not (totally your call), forbidding them altogether will not prevent them from happening; it’ll just force employees to break the rules and keep their relationships private.

You’ll be much better off to accept that they will happen and encourage employees to discuss workplace relationships with HR reps and supervisors—especially when the relationships become serious.

The phrase "don’t dip your pen in the company ink" is a well-worn cliché, and some companies are so concerned about the negative effects of office romances that they expressly prohibit workplace dating.

Yet, despite this, co-workers continue to wind up in bed together, restrictions and warnings be damned.

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