Chain-of-command issues One of the most troubling scenarios of dating in the workplace involves a relationship that forms between a supervisor and a subordinate.No matter how consensual the relationship may seem, there is always a chance that the subordinate will later claim that he was coerced into the relationship by the supervisor. How much jurisdiction does a business leader really have over employees’ off-time?Just a few of the real-world difficulties caused by workplace romance that I’ve seen during my career include: Interestingly, the Society for Human Resource Management reports that while HR professionals aren’t reporting more workplace romances, the number of companies that have adopted formal romance policies has sharply increased. Can a policy protect your company from charges of sexual harassment or favoritism, conflict or morale problems?
Families become friends through their work connection.
While it can make some managers uncomfortable to tell employees what to do on their off time, the purpose of a formal policy is to keep employees effective and productive.
Make sure employees understand the position of the company isn’t to control their personal lives, but to ensure a fair and comfortable work environment for everyone.
Don't put a policy in place to control the behavior of a few employees whose behavior is out of line.
Consequently, fraternization policies that prohibit friendships and association outside of the workplace cause employees to deceive and cover up.