In addition, office romances can lead to increased gossip, decreased morale (especially if others perceive that the subordinate is receiving favorable treatment), and a general distraction from (or even an aversion to) simply getting the job done, he adds.
Thirty percent of those who’d dated a co-worker married them.
In a recent Career survey, 39 percent of respondents said they’d dated a co-worker .
“Co-workers must work together effectively, and it takes a high level of maturity to manage both a sexual/romantic and a work relationship simultaneously.
The potential for bias, confusion, complex relationship dynamics, and in-fighting increases where these kinds of dual-role relationships exist,” he adds.
So, what do you do if Cupid strikes two of your employees? There are consequences for the company, particularly if the relationship is between a manager and a subordinate.
“By turning a blind eye, the owner not only could be unaware of potential sexual harassment and a resulting lawsuit, but could be accused of willful ignorance, thus exacerbating the harm to the subordinate and the resulting injury award,” warns David Scher, principal attorney for the Employment Law Group.
There is an inherent conflict between coherent office management and sexual relations.
Sex is generally considered a private topic, and romance has its own potential for drama, Scher says.