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Office romance is at a 10-year low, according to Career Builder’s Annual Valentine’s Day Survey.
Before you decide to date, think about what you’ll do if: In the last case, for example, you’d most likely have to let your manager know that you’re dating, so that other arrangements can be made.
(See above: Don’t Date Your Boss.) Above all else, you need to be sure that you can remain professional, whatever happens in your relationship — and that you have a plan for coping with the fallout if things don’t work out.
Although some companies chose to have no policy on dating, that leaves them open to potential liability if a supervisor is shown to have sexually harassed a subordinate, for example, by giving a poor performance review to a former partner.
To avoid this, companies institute various types of dating policy.
It’s also a bad idea to date anyone who’s very senior or junior to your position, even if you’re in different departments.
With a notification policy, the manager the relationship is being reported to must also be required not to disclose the information, to protect privacy. Employers could potentially be barred from banning workplace romances as a violation of the employee's constitutional right to privacy.
Every company needs to consider a policy on workplace dating.
Without a clear policy, an office relationship can lead to charges of sexual harassment and legal consequences for the employer.
This helps to protect the company from later charges that the relationship was not consensual and constituted sexual harassment.
With this type of policy, the employees would also have to notify you whenever a relationship ends.