Employee workplace dating
Consensual relationship agreements or “love contracts” are signed documents indicating that an office romance is consensual, and the employees will not engage in favoritism or take legal action against the employer or each other if the relationship ends.
“Having people dating each other can wreak havoc on an organization, especially a small organization,” says Lynn D.
So, is it possible to allow cupid’s arrows in the office—but steer clear of legal landmines?Though traditionally maligned for reasons I’m about to get into, office romance can be beneficial for businesses. Lane III, author of , sees employee dating as a way to increase employee engagement.He argues that co-worker couples spend more time at work, take fewer sick days, and are less likely to quit.Without a clear policy, an office relationship can lead to charges of sexual harassment and legal consequences for the employer.Although some companies chose to have no policy on dating, that leaves them open to potential liability if a supervisor is shown to have sexually harassed a subordinate, for example, by giving a poor performance review to a former partner.