- Step 1: Clarify company policy If you don’t already have a policy on office dating, draw one up. It should require office lovebirds to inform the company of their canoodling and sign a statement indicating that the hanky-panky is voluntary.
- Step 2: Draw up statement As soon as a romance comes to your attention, require the sweethearts to read and sign a copy of the company policy on sexual harassment to protect everyone if the romance sours.
- TIP: Meet separately with each member of the couple to discuss the particulars of their situation—and the possible consequences of the relationship.
- Step 3: Reserve right to transfer If the employees aren’t of equal rank, reserve the right to transfer one of them to another department to avoid any appearance of favoritism. Otherwise, a coworker could charge 'paramour preference' when they’re overlooked for a promotion.
- Step 4: Arrange for mediator Arrange for someone in the company to mediate any problems that might arise in the workplace if the relationship ends in tears.
- Step 5: Remain hopeful Hope for the best. A happy office is a productive office!
- FACT: Almost half of American office workers have had an employee romance before – and nearly half of them claim it was a total secret.
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