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Q: My business partner is dating one of his direct reports.To avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, he wants her to report to me instead.First, you need to make sure the employee is truly in the relationship by choice—that she hasn’t felt pressured.She needs to know that her interests will be protected.And when romance blooms at the office—especially with the boss—it’s disruptive to other employees, triggering questions about fairness, favoritism, transparency, credibility and accountability.The distraction can tear at even the most cohesive group.The low percentage of policies and regulations that are in place are likely due to the unwillingness of employers to police workers and their relationships in the office.
(But keep your clients and vendors off the list of prospects—that’s just another ethical mess waiting to happen.) Yes, your partner could take a leave of absence to pursue other professional options and remove himself from day-to-day business decisions, but that doesn’t sound like a good long-term fix.So, from both the business and ethical perspectives—to keep your staff from getting distracted by a soap opera and to give the employee involved an opportunity to leave a complicated situation and come out even (or ahead) professionally—you should focus on separating the work and romantic relationships.Once you have this situation sorted out, I recommend taking a look at the larger issue of interoffice romances.Amy Nicole Salvaggio, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Tulsa, conducted a study of nearly 200 full-time workers in a variety of workplaces.
Her findings indicated that most respondents do not mind seeing a romance develop between two unmarried colleagues. Poe, an HR freelance writer, also found in a Society for Human Resource Management white paper that adulterous affairs were a problem in some workplaces. If it's just about sex, a dalliance, an extramarital affair, or a relationship to move an individual up the career ladder, co-workers and companies tend to frown on love relationships in the office.