September 26, 2017 | Job Guide 360

The water cooler used to be a time to gossip, but it may be a time for a rendezvous. In today's business world employers are very cautious in setting firm guides as to employees dating their co-workers. When a person is employed in a professional position, employees objectives are to work hard and climb that corporate ladder. However, workplace relationships directly interfere with one's goals and make it difficult to succeed.

The most complicated relationship is the romantic relationship. Romantic workplace relationships many times involves partner relationships, in that the romance is with employees working side by side. These relationships produce distractions for other employees, creates polarizations and feelings of awkwardness. Further, resentment may result in the non-relationship employees feeling that favoritism supports these relationships.

Employers have prepared Objectives concerning employee relations. A typical Employee Dating Policy is set out by The Society of Human Research Management (SHRM) which reads as follows:

"(Company Name] strongly believes that a work environment where employees maintain clear boundaries between employee personal and business interactions is most effective for conducting business and enhancing productivity. Although this policy does not prevent the development of friendships or romantic relationships between co-workers, it does establish boundaries as to how relationships are conducted during working hours and within the working environment."

The policy also covers employee-supervisor relationships. A supervisor has control over the employee or influence over the employee's employment, and the worker will feel intimidated for fear of losing his or her job if the employee does not succumb to the supervisor's unprofessional advances or any proposition for intimacy. Intimacy on the job between employees or employer-supervisor is a question of business ethics and to permit these relationships is a lapse of business ethics.

On the other hand, workplace friendships have a positive impact on work performance in support of business ethics. Employees spend at least fifty hours a week with each other. The bonds of friendships relieve the stress of work and promote healthy working habits. The employer should not be involved in micromanagement of the workplace in looking for relationships.

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