I have a simple question. What are the rules for dating your co-workers? I work in a design agency. I took the job eight months ago and it's great. My co-worker Alyssa and I have become good friends. Alyssa works in another department.
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It's a seemingly sensible approach to modern office romance. Yet as sexual-harassment scandals continue to unfold in a range of industries, men and women alike may be justifiably concerned about blurring the lines between their personal and professional lives. Employees at the two tech giants are allowed to ask out a coworker just once. If the person turns them down, they do not get to ask again. Facebook employees don't have to report the date to human resources, even if one person is more senior than another, The Journal reports.
Tips on How to Establish an Employee Dating Policy
If you own a company, chances are you've had to decide and at times reassess whether to allow consensual dating and romantic relationships among your employees -- or, in legalese, whether and to what extent to adopt an office "non-fraternization" policy. Although there are no laws which outright prohibit interoffice relationships, as shown in the news of late, they carry obvious risks , such as:. Lastly, when romantic relationships fail and let's not kid ourselves -- they usually do , there is the possibility one or both participants may view the once blissful and consensual detente through a lens of revisionist history -- fertile ground for headline-grabbing and costly sex harassment litigation.
Add or delete parts to communicate applicable rules regarding romantic relationships in the workplace and preserve harmony and fairness among all employees. We also set some standards for acceptable behavior when flirting with colleagues. This policy applies to all our employees regardless of gender, sexual orientation or other protected characteristics. We explicitly prohibit non-consensual relationships.