Even if you are opting for a more relaxed dating policy within your organization, require that the two involved employees disclose their relationship.
Have the involved parties sign a contract that states their relationship is mutually consensual, they are both free to end the relationship at any point in time without an impact on work, that they will not let the relationship effect their performance, and that they understand the company’s sexual harassment policy.
If you are going to have a dating policy that allows employees to engage in a romantic relationship, it is essential to communicate what behaviors are appropriate for their interactions at the workplace during work hours.
Avoid the potential risk of sexual harassment litigation by either prohibiting supervisors or managers from dating their direct reports or implement a policy in which when a relationship blossoms, the direct report switches to a different supervisor.
This disclosure enables the company to determine whether a conflict of interest exists and to consider options for resolving the conflict of interest.
In situations like this, could the company potentially adopt a “no relationship” policy in order to remove this conflict of interest, either by ending the relationship or requiring one member of the couple to leave the company? While workplace romances have always been around, this number is the highest seen on Career Builder’s survey since 2007, and we’ve seen a corresponding recent rise in company policies addressing them.
This ensures that company policies, expectations, and guidelines are directly and clearly communicated to your employees, and there is no confusion regarding issues of dating in the workplace or sexual harassment.
Expectations should be set that any supervisor, manager, executive, or other company official in a sensitive or influential position must disclose the existence of a romantic or sexual relationship with another co-worker to the employee’s immediate supervisor or HR.
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