The biggest threat to office romance is the retaliation lawsuit.
22% of workers say they suffered retaliation after an office romance ended.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, there’s an uptick in whiteboard hearts and watercooler gossip.
Love is in the air alright, but chances are, it’s been there all year long: 56% of business professionals say they’ve been in relationships with coworkers.
Though traditionally maligned for reasons I’m about to get into, office romance can be beneficial for businesses. Lane III, author of , sees employee dating as a way to increase employee engagement.
He argues that co-worker couples spend more time at work, take fewer sick days, and are less likely to quit.
The way we view office romance is changing, alongside the blending of our personal and professional lives.
According to a 2013 SHRM survey, only 32% of HR professionals think employers should have the right to prohibit office romance outright, but a whopping 95% voted to restrict romance between a supervisor and a direct report.
When a workplace relationship goes south, the parties involved must still see each other every day in the office.
This can lead to awkward encounters, and the potential for claims of sexual harassment and retaliation.
Consensual relationship agreements or “love contracts” are signed documents indicating that an office romance is consensual, and the employees will not engage in favoritism or take legal action against the employer or each other if the relationship ends.
“Having people dating each other can wreak havoc on an organization, especially a small organization,” says Lynn D.