Regardless of whether your employer has a workplace romance policy in place, you’ll want to keep your relationship off workplace radar as much as possible.
But when a couple is genuinely serious about dating and building a relationship, popular opinion is more favorable.
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.
According to Dana Wilkie, an online SHRM editor, periodic surveys by SHRM show that 99 percent of employers with romance policies in place indicate that love matches between supervisors and staff members are not allowed.
That’s up from 80 percent in 2005, and from 64 percent in SHRM’s 2001 Workplace Romance survey.
Depending on the discretion of the dating couple, gossip in the workplace can become rampant and disruptive.
They also worry about losing valuable employees who might seek employment elsewhere if the relationship ends.
I don’t recommend a policy that prohibits dating, sex and romance entirely.
Any policy that is seen as onerous, overreaching or intrusive will just encourage stealth dating.
Other studies have reported a higher level of productivity from dating couples at work.