Normally, you would reprimand the person but considering the relationship, your hands are now tied.Supervisor/employee office romances may also lead to legal consequences. explains, “Now, in addition to the awkwardness the relationship undoubtedly will create, there is a legal issue with respect to potential harassment or discrimination claims.Romance in the Workplace – The Good These days, people spend the bulk of their time at work, which makes the temptation to start an office romance strong. You get a feel for their intelligence, personality and ethic and this can create a type of chemistry that could lead to something more.
Say you’re the supervisor and the person you’re dating suddenly believes they no longer have to work as hard or even do their job at all.This type of situation can lead to poor performance, increased absenteeism, workplace drama and a possible hostile work environment.Also, workplace romance rarely, if ever, stays between two people.Relationships need time to grow between just two people before being brought out into the open.Constant scrutiny can drive a quick wedge between you.People inherently understand and are attracted to others who “understand” that part of their life.”Another draw of getting involved with a co-worker is the excitement coupled with the “safety” of dating somebody you’ve already gotten to know.Gregg Ward, Workplace Consultant puts it this way: “There are a lot of “creeps” (both men and women) out there in the world; dating and falling for someone you work with is a lot easier/safer than trying to meet someone in clubs, bars, etc.The most common one being, if it doesn’t work out, you still have to see your ex and work with him or her everyday.This is especially hard on the person who didn’t want the relationship to end.Ahh, Monday morning; that annoying time to get up early, schlep into the office and get back to the stresses of the job. An office romance may make Monday mornings easier and more fun.But is adding a bit of excitement to your work life worth the risk?