Employee dating in the workplace

Though HR works to mitigate workplace risk, sometimes love knows no boundaries.

We spoke with eight HR practitioners to get their do’s and don’ts when it comes to manager-report relationships. It’s important not to oversimplify the situation, as it deals with people’s emotions, careers, and reputations.

The size of the organization also makes a difference.

While common—41% of respondents in our Love @ Work survey indicated that they have engaged in an intimate relationship with a coworker— these relationships can quickly enter murky territory.

Things get particularly sticky when romantic relationships form between a manager and a direct report—which can have an impact on employee morale and put the company at compliance risk. Our survey also uncovered that 5 percent of employees have had a relationship with their boss.

In each of these articles, Kim will walk you through a real-life HR scenario, using her expert knowledge and years of experience to break down the pros and cons of various ways this situation could be handled, which option is likely best for you and your business, and all the ins and outs of the rules and regulations that could impact the scenario and your decisions.

For this HR Scenario, let’s say that in a small office setting there is gossip that two employees are dating.

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