Loved, lost: Crafting effective workplace dating policies

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It’s a reality of modern life—adults spend more time at work and with their co-workers than they do anywhere else, except perhaps in bed asleep. For many employees, workplace relationships extend beyond mere friendship.

According to recent studies, more than 40% of American marriages are the result of office romances. Even for those relationships that don’t end in matrimony, there’s no denying that dating in the workplace—something long deemed unprofessional or morally questionable—is becoming increasingly commonplace.

But despite that increased acceptance, one type typically remains off-limits: the supervisor-subordinate relationship.

Many companies that otherwise permit co-workers to date draw a bright line that prohibits managers from being romantically involved with those who report to them, either directly or indirectly. There are many good reasons for such a prohibition, not the least of which are the appear...(register to read more)

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