Office Romance: Legal Challenges and Strategic Implications
International Journal of Management, IT, and Engineering
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Office romance is a reality of the modern workplace as more and more employees meet their best friends and life-partners through their professional connections. Over 40% of today’s employees have had personal and romantic relationship with their co-workers and 30% of the marriages were initiated at the workplace. Fewer workers now keep their office relationships a secret. As such, the workplace is a “hotbed” for romance since more people spend more of their time at work these days. As such, there is a need for clear policies and rules regarding personal relationships with colleagues and managers. This article discusses the realities of “love contacts,” workplace romance policies, and the challenges and legal implications associated with romantic relationships in the workplace. The authors provide recommendations to employers to avoid legal liability, and they also provide discussion questions that can be utilized for issue awareness, group discussion among managers and employees, and analytical purposes in academic settings as well as for corporate training.
Cavico, Frank J.; Samuels, M.; and Mujtaba, Bahaudin G., "Office Romance: Legal Challenges and Strategic Implications" (2012). HCBE Faculty Articles. 490.