But getting involved with someone who’s married can end up damaging your personal reputation as well as your professional one—if people find out, you could lose integrity—not to mention the pain it could inflict on loved ones (yours or your partner’s).
To avoid some of these consequences, Brownlee says you’re better off asking out someone in a different department vs. Remember that During Business Hours, Work Comes First If you decide to pursue the relationship, set up some ground rules before things get too serious, says Brownlee.
Think of the discussion as “a prenup for dating,” she says.
So what are some examples of situations your employees might find themselves in?
Unfortunately, employees aren’t always able to recognize these conflicts of interest because many times the situation seems innocent or they don’t realize what’s happening is against the code of conduct.
already looked into the company policy, so you understand which superiors need to know. “In the early, casual stages, it’s probably better to keep it quiet,” says Brownlee.
“If it’s serious, it’s probably a little harder to play it close to the vest.“You can get a reputation, whether it’s earned or not,” Brownlee says.When a situation arises that benefits an employee while affecting your company, it becomes a conflict of interest.“You’re creating a climate where people are going to see bias whether there really is bias or not.” Relationships with your peers are generally more acceptable—assuming they’re unhitched.A stunning 20% of people who told Career Builder that they had dated someone at the office admitted that at least one person in the relationship was married.Dana Brownlee, president of professional training development company Professionalism Matters, advises against initiating a romance with your manager, or, likewise, with anyone who reports to you directly or indirectly.