Policy prohibiting dating in the workplace
Just last month, Gary Friedman, the chief executive of Restoration Hardware, stepped down in the middle of the company's public offering. A couple years ago, Hewlett-Packard's chief executive, Mike Hurd, resigned amid accusations of falsifying expense reports to hide a personal relationship with an independent contractor.The reason: an internal inquiry into his relationship with a 26-year-old female employee. As companies grow and add employees, you will often see signs of budding workplace relationships.The company should also have a policy regarding sexual harassment.In this Quick-Read you will learn: Avoiding sexual harassment Flirtation becomes sexual harassment when employee A refuses employee B’s invitations or advances and B persists by asking A out again.Essentially, any relationship between two people that could have a negative effect on the company if things sour, or if one party is able to improperly influence the other would fall under the policy.One last generally acceptable rule: If you have a "C" (think CEO, CFO, COO) or VP in your title, you should always think twice about dating anyone in the workplace, even if he or she is not a direct report or within your chain of command.
Should we date our co-workers or allow our employees to date each other? OVERVIEW [top] Changes in the workplace have made romances between co-workers inevitable.In a poorer scenario, the relationship would end badly, one of the employees could claim that the relationship was non-consensual, or that sexual harassment existed.