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What’s Love Got to Do With It?

What’s love got to do with it? Quite a lot, actually. If a couple is genuinely serious about dating and building a relationship, popular opinion is often favorable. After all, where can you meet that special someone anymore? On the other hand, if a nefarious reason drives the relationship, fellow employees feel quite differently.

I’m frequently asked what I think about employees dating each other at work. Recognizing that dating does have an impact on issues such as workplace morale and productivity, I’d be hard pressed to say that employee relationships have no impact. At the same time, unless one of the employees reports to the second employee, I am a strong advocate of keeping employment and the employer outside of employees’ personal lives.

Recognizing that work is one of the best places to meet an already vetted pool of people to date, some employers are approaching the situation creatively. As an example, what do you think about a love policy for your workplace? Barring such a formal approach, use the ideas in today’s lead article. They’ll help the dating couple succeed at work. The HR staff will gratefully acknowledge the maturity exhibited in situations where tensions can run deep.

All this said, as an employee, your participation in some romantic relationships at work such as a dalliance, an affair, or a quid pro quo arrangement, can impact your work environment’s view of your competency, common sense, and appropriate decision making. Despite any protests about this impact from coworkers, reactions generally range from, “what was he thinking,” to sympathy for a wronged spouse, to a general questioning of the individual’s maturity, judgement, and trustworthiness.

Use these tips about dating, sex, and romance in the office to lay the foundation for a successful career and successful relationships.

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What’s Love Got to Do With It? originally appeared on About.com Human Resources on Sunday, February 7th, 2010 at 11:11:44.

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