Policy that prohibits employees from dating
In our lifetimes, we’ll spend 90,000 hours at our jobs, and we build organic relationships with the people we see everyday.When it comes to meeting people, the office is the new village.
These friendships and romances affect the workplace positively adding to the sense of teamwork and camaraderie.Workplace friendships flow naturally into personal lives.Families become friends through their work connection.That percentage is on the rise, and it’s no surprise: we spend one-third of our lives at work.So, is it possible to allow cupid’s arrows in the office—but steer clear of legal landmines?As Valentine’s Day approaches, there’s an uptick in whiteboard hearts and watercooler gossip.
Love is in the air alright, but chances are, it’s been there all year long: 56% of business professionals say they’ve been in relationships with coworkers.
As the old saying goes "you don't dip your pen in the company ink." In other words, you shouldn't get into a dating or sexual relationship with a co-worker.
But consider this: according to a recent Workplace Options survey, nearly 85% of 18-29 year olds would have a romantic relationship with a co-worker, compared to just over 35% for 30-46 year olds and about 30% of 47-66 year olds.
This helps to protect the company from later charges that the relationship was not consensual and constituted sexual harassment.
With this type of policy, the employees would also have to notify you whenever a relationship ends.
However, in its opinion, the court also stated that the policy may have gone too far.