Whether a tryst, a fling, or a full-blown relationship, workplace romances can be riddled by drama and rife with complications. At first, the allure of becoming intimate with a co-worker may seem natural and exhilarating, or even electric and taboo! Taking fraternization to another level, however, can negatively impact the office climate in many ways. Companies and employees should be on par with one another about work policy, so as to maintain professional integrity, productivity, and overall morale. Employees, especially, should consider the short and long term ramifications of an office love affair or risk jeopardizing their own professional fate.
Shared tasks, interests, education, and experiences are typical ways by which people establish friendships and special bonds. And working in close proximity often spurs on personal disclosure-discussing problems at home, sharing about struggles and aspirations, and building admiration and affinity. Once this level of trust has been established the lines between professional and personal lives can begin to blur. Besides proximity, it may seem a bit more "safe" to date a coworker with some similarities versus mingling with strangers at social hot spots. Dating a co-worker might seem natural, accessible, or safe, but is it wise? According to a 2013 study by the Society for HR Management, 42% of U.S. employers have a policy in tact prohibiting workplace relationships. It behooves businesses to appropriately train employees on the implications of office romance and to hold them accountable. Likewise, employees should be wary of pitfalls.
There are some happy endings to the story of office romance: the mentor/prot�g�e dynamic and others employee relationships may from time to time lead to wedding bells. That is a tale infrequently told, however. More often than not, a workplace relationship can be a slippery slope that funnels into lessened productivity, dampened office morale, discrimination, harassment, professional sabotage, or even physical aggression and legal action. Companies must clearly define fraternization policies, investigate grievances timely, and enforce corrective action when necessary to ultimately uphold a thriving, professional atmosphere for all. Employees, too, must be conscientious of their conduct and propriety. While it may seem sexy to some to have a secret rendezvous in the copy room, or flattering to accept an advance from the boss, it is most prudent to think about where it all may lead.
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