But how do we feel this affects our business, in particular when it comes to romantic relationships particularly in the office?
People develop relationships in all environments but, this is more likely when they spend substantial amounts of time together whether in meetings, working together in general, across teams or in the same team and there is no surprise therefore that this could happen in the workplace.
Many companies have a Relationship at Work Policy, which is great but sometimes this only encourages people to bury the relationship and for people to hide from superiors which could increase gossip and make the people involved feel uncomfortable in their own working environment which in turn could impact on their own morale and how they feel at work.
It is sometimes better to be sensible and upfront when a relationship develops in the workplace. Establish some guidelines and have a fair approach to how to manage such a delicate situation.
Also think about some relationships which may have an impact on the company’s integrity like; client and customer, supplier and contractor, manager and subordinate. There are of course ways to manage even these sensitive situations but, this needs to be clear and transparent to all employees so as to make coming forward easier for them should they be in this situation.
These clear guidelines make it easier for the individuals to accept any changes in working arrangements which may be needed to protect the company and their relationship. Some actions will help to maintain the fair and consistent approach which will enhance your own culture and values, remember managers must deal with situations as swiftly as possible without delay. There are additional steps that can be taken to try to reduce the risk of lawsuit by an employee who claims after a break up of sexual harassment – one of the biggest dangers of office/workplace romances.
We don’t want to be a kill joy! It’s great if relationships work out.
So, this Valentines Day we hope you and your employees have a romantic evening – whatever you do!
For more help in this tricky area call Teme HR Consultancy on 07989 343361 or visit our website Teme HR Consultancy