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When Cupid strikes at the office

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in Leaders & Managers,Management Training

by Lee Polevoi  

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 workplace
  • A breakdown in team morale 

Know your company policies 

In the past, businesses have created fraternization policies or encouraged romantically inclined couples to sign a “love contract.” These turned out to be murky legal concepts, and such practices have largely fallen by the wayside. Realistically, it’s difficult (and probably legally in...(register to read more)

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