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When Cupid Strikes at the Office

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by Lee Polevoi  

In a study by CareerBuilder, 38 percent of workers said they have dated a colleague. A study by the Society for Human Resource Management found that 72 percent of companies lack a written policy for handling office romances, and only 12 percent of the surveyed organizations train managers and supervisors how to handle situations if they do crop up. 

It’s easy to see how workplace romances happen: Team members work together in close quarters, sometimes until late at night. Romantic chemistry is natural, and sometimes people feel the need to take things to the next level. But while both parties may be thrilled to find true love, their romance often affects others in the workplace, especially if the affair is short-lived or ends badly. Consequences can include: 

  • One or both team members experiencing severe emotional distress
  • Sexual harassment
  • Emotional or physical retaliation
  • Actions that generate a hostile wo...(register to read more)

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