Rules for Dating in The Office
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- “Cupid contract” is a solution some companies have found to face these situations. It’s nearly impossible to avoid the effect of cupid, but it’s important to have a legal written support where staff members acknowledge they have a voluntary relationship in order to avoid any claims for sexual harassment. This contract benefits other members of the company as it guarantees there will not be any preferential treatment and it also benefits those involved in case things go wrong, the contract offers the guarantee that any repercussion –like retaliation from one of the parts- can be taken to management’s attention to avoid your normal development at work.
Tip: Avoid dating your boss, it will most likely not end well for one of you.
- Dating is banned: Some of the most traditional companies still have this type of policy where dating between staff members is forbidden. Although reasons like avoiding gossiping, maintaining the chain of authority, avoiding preferential treatment and not risking confidential information may seem strong enough; the truth is it will still happen even if it’s forbidden. Companies need to evaluate if the cost of having a couple in the office would be higher/lower than losing a member of the team only to comply with the rules.
Tip: We strongly suggest you don't use the companies email to send love letters, you never know who else is reading that!
- And more recently, some companies have decided to openly accept this kind of relationships. The reason is newer generations are changing the way businesses are run. According to a Workplace Options survey, nearly 85% of 18-29 year olds would have a romantic relationship with a co-worker, compared to just over 35% for 30-46 year olds and about 30% of 47-66 year olds.
Tip: Are you a supervisor? watch out! you'll be surprised to know that 40% of those 18-29 year olds would date their supervisors.