This is no dating game—the relationship, whether or not they stay together, could wreak havoc on your culture and company.
Playing musical chairs with direct reports does not solve the ethical issues that come with this interoffice romance.
The most common cliché is that of the boss with his secretary but there are many other examples of work-based relationships, from the snog at the Christmas party to getting frisky in the supplies cupboard.
Work-based relationships aren’t always superficial and it is almost inevitable that at some point in your career you’ll develop a crush on someone at work.
And when it happens to you, there are a lot of things to consider about how you go about carry on your romance in the workplace.
You might choose to keep it clandestine, or you might decide to shout it from the rooftops but whatever you choose, there are other people intimately involved in this situation who need to be considered too – namely, your co-workers and your boss.
Here are some tips to help make sure you don’t end up wanting to resign if dating a colleague doesn’t work out.
By following these simple guidelines you will conduct yourself in a dignified and professional manner while dating a colleague and give any possible office romance the best chance to flourish without it compromising your work.
To avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, he wants her to report to me instead.
He says that since both parties are single, and the relationship is consensual, it’s a private matter.
Dating a co-worker can lead to long-lasting love but only if you proceed wisely and with care.
Q: My business partner is dating one of his direct reports.