The workplace provides a preselected pool of people who share at least one important area of common ground. At the same time, employees need to understand that it is OK to ask a co-worker out on a date. Whether written or unwritten, most businesses and organizations have rules and policies about work relationships. They also worry about losing valuable employees who might seek employment elsewhere if the relationship ends. The SHRM research also found that some companies forbid hookups between their employees and clients or customers, and 11 percent forbid romances between their employees and employees of their competitors.
InterBusiness Issues - June
Six Rules To Help Employees Navigate Office Romances
As a church pastor, I have known many couples who met at work and found a lot in common with each other. According to Dana Wilkie, an online SHRM editor, periodic surveys by SHRM show that 99 percent of employers with romance policies in place indicate that love matches between supervisors and staff members are not allowed. If a couple is genuinely serious about dating and building a relationship, popular opinion is more favorable. An example is a fraternization policy which you may want to consider. Without going into detail, the shouting match could be heard throughout the office and lasted quite a while. Provide training for supervisors and managers about how to discreetly address overt sexual behavior in the workplace.