You can easily be removed from this FREE course by clicking unsubscribe at the bottom of any email message we send you. If it's just about sex -- a dalliance, an extramarital affair or a relationship entered into with the intention of moving up the career ladder -- coworkers and companies tend to frown on love relationships in the workplace.A good first step would be to advise supervisors and managers as to how they might discreetly address overt sexual behavior in the workplace.
That’s up from 80 percent in 2005, and from 64 percent in SHRM’s 2001 Workplace Romance survey.
Almost half these policies – 45 percent – forbid romances between employees of significantly different rank. Many organizations forbid intimate relationships even outside supervisory relationships.
Thirty-three percent of organizations forbid romances between employees who report to the same supervisor, and 12 percent won’t even allow employees in different departments to date.
The SHRM research also found that some companies forbid hookups between their employees and clients or customers, and 11 percent forbid romances between their employees and employees of their competitors.
Spell out the consequences if the romance is negatively impacting the workplace.