Implications of dating at work

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I tend to sound like a broken record when it comes to company policies. Handon, BSW, MSA, LSW Many professionals enter into the field of social work to help others grow and improve their life circumstances.As the old saying goes "you don't dip your pen in the company ink." In other words, you shouldn't get into a dating or sexual relationship with a co-worker.But consider this: according to a recent Workplace Options survey, nearly 85% of 18-29 year olds would have a romantic relationship with a co-worker, compared to just over 35% for 30-46 year olds and about 30% of 47-66 year olds." While the answer to the first question is pretty simple, the answer to the latter is less obvious.

The reason: an internal inquiry into his relationship with a 26-year-old female employee. As companies grow and add employees, you will often see signs of budding workplace relationships.Even if it does not violate a written policy, your boss (the CEO or the board) might not care, and view it as a lack of senior management acumen.Think of it this way: Is the potential relationship worth risking your good job or name?There will foreseeably be claims of favoritism, or even discrimination or harassment.When a workplace romance sours, it can expose the company to increased liability, since the connection between alleged actors is easier to establish--essentially giving the plaintiff some good ammunition for his or her case.

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