Thirty-three percent of organizations forbid romances between employees who report to the same supervisor, and 12 percent won’t even allow employees in different departments to date.
Any policy that is seen as onerous, overreaching or intrusive will just encourage stealth dating.
Policies are developed to guide employees in creating a legal, ethical, harmonious workplace, not to control the bad behavior of a few.
Respondents to the SHRM surveys who discouraged or forbade dating in the workplace cited concerns with potential sexual harassment claims, retaliation, claims that a relationship was not consensual, civil suits and workplace disharmony if the relationship should end.
Depending on the discretion of the dating couple, gossip in the workplace can become rampant and disruptive.
In other surveys, 55 percent of the HR professionals who responded said that marriage is the most likely outcome of the office romances they experienced.