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.
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?Dorothy Tannahill Moran puts it this way: “There are groups like law enforcement and the investigative agencies that have had great success actually relationships because the demands and pressures being put on them are often unique to their professions.Being in a relationship where someone knows those demands and how that can likely impact time and availability is vital for any kind of relationship growth.If you and the person you’re dating believe this is something lasting, it’s best to disclose the relationship with a supervisor or management above both your positions for a fair analysis of the situation. Dimoff, CPP explains how some companies are taking office romance policies a step further, “Many companies today are creating “Love Contracts” for people that are dating each other from the same company.
The purpose of these contracts is to clearly outline specific guidelines and acknowledgements by both parties in the relationship.Another reason work and romance rarely mix is it can put a serious hamper on job performance.You may find yourself taking longer lunches together or finding ways to sneak off to be alone.Soon the rumor mill gets started and it’s everybody’s business.Now your love life is the subject of gossip around the water cooler and all eyes are on you and the person you’re dating.Normally, you would reprimand the person but considering the relationship, your hands are now tied.