Dating coworkers is a bit of a hot topic. On one hand, most can agree that you don’t really choose who you’re attracted to. But should it be banned in the workplace?
There are loads of articles published on the topic of office romances. I wanted to be fair and gather as much information as I could on the issue, and the internet really pulled through. So, what conclusion have I come to? It all depends on how you want to run your business.
Some companies are okay with dating in the workplace. In fact, some don’t even have a policy about it. Others lean the exact opposite way, enforcing no dating rules. So is there a middle ground? You could say there is, if you want to enter into a love contract with your significant other. Wait, what?
The purpose of a love contract is to have both employees acknowledge their relationship. This is actually a pretty good idea. What if your coworker, let’s call him Bob, insists that he’s dating the receptionist, Lisa. Rumors spread. But in reality, Bob has been acting inappropriately toward Lisa and his affections are unwanted. The love contract exists to make sure that both people are willing participants in the relationship and there is not actually a sexual harassment lawsuit just waiting to be filed.
One way to handle the situation is to have an open-door policy, where your employees feel comfortable enough to talk to you on a personal basis. But does all of this affect productivity? It surely can. If employees are fearful of management finding out about their relationship and go through steps to keep it a secret, it can have a huge impact on their work. Also, some people tend to forget their workload and focus more on their relationship, causing their output to leave a lot to be desired.
Whatever the case may be, there really is no way to stop people from being attracted to each other. So either create a dating policy within your organization, be it ruling out dating completely or have some stipulations. People need boundaries and a set of rules to help make sure there isn’t chaos in the workplace. Here at AccelaWork, we help improve worker productivity. If you would like more information on how to stay efficient at work, contact one of our business process consultants!