Anatomy of Workplace Romance
Guide to Managing Romance at the Workplace
Workplace romance is very common for people with routine jobs. For instance, you would be surprised to know that bankers, pilots, and doctors are more likely to enter into a romantic relationship with a colleague, compared to the usual suspects of actors and models.
Since working long hours in a professional environment can make you spend a lot of time with your co-workers, it explains why you are more likely to build a strong bond with your colleagues. The trend for office romance remains on the rise as 45% of employees have dated a coworker. Interestingly, there also seems to be a seasonal touch to romance at workplace, as an incredible 66% of workers have indicated their relationship started during months of winter.
If you are a manager finding yourself in the situation of handling a workplace romance, here are some useful tips on how you should tackle it. One of the first things to do is to start an open dialogue with your employees to make sure that they are aware of your organisation’s policy guidelines. It is important that you set some boundaries but also be understandable at the same time, and give due consideration to your employees. If things start falling apart even after multiple conversations, you should be ready to take action by transferring employees between departments, if necessary.
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