Romance at the
workplace
By
Patrice Hester,
Kundai Zoe Nangati,
Lenzi O’Connor, and
Magdalena Viktora
Topics
• What is considered romance at the workplace?
• Why is there romance at the workplace?
• Rules and policies constr...
WHAT IS ROMANCE AT THE
WORKPLACE?
Romantic relationship between two members of the same
organization
Office Romance Definition
Sternberg’s Triangular
Theory...
5 Types of Love
1. Liking
2. Infatuated Love
3. Romantic Love
4. Fatuous Love
5. Consummate Love
WHY IS THERE ROMANCE AT THE
WORKPLACE?
Why it Happens
• Proximity
• Exposure
• Long Work Hours
• Rank
• Character & Company Culture
• Socializing Outside Work
• ...
RULES AND POLICIES
Workplace Rules and Policies
• Why do we need rules and policies concerning workplace romance?
• How many organizations ha...
Types of workplace romances that aren’t
permitted
• Supervisor/Employee
• Employees of significant rank difference
• Emplo...
Does your organization have a policy that
addresses workplace romance?
36%
6%
54%
5%
18%
7%
72%
2%
A written policy
A verb...
Upon suspicion or complaint about a possible
workplace romance between employees, what
measures are taken?
73%
60%
45%
32%...
CONSEQUENCES
Consequences
• Counseling
• A formal written reprimand
• Move to another position within the department
• Transfer to anot...
Reaction to Consequences
• n= 219
• They accepted the decision – 80%
• They did not accept the decision
and left the organ...
MANAGER’S REACTION
How should manager react to
romance in the workplace?
• Relationship between supervisor and subordinate:
– There’s a defin...
US COMPARED TO OTHER
COUNTRIES
US data compared to other countries’
data
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
Dated someone in
a higer position
Getting Married...
FUTURE PROJECTION OF
ROMANCE AT THE WORKPLACE
Future Projections
• Workplace romance policies are likely in increase in organizations
– More laid back culture of Genera...
Sources
AccountingWeb. “U.S. behind other nations on internal office survey. Sift Media, 28 Mar. 2008. Web. 28
Mar. 2014.
...
Sources
Pierce, C. A., Byrne, D. and Aguinis, H. (1996), Attraction in organizations: A model of workplace romance.
J. Org...
SOURCES IMAGES
“Effective Couples Counseling by Mary L Wagner LCSW - Mary L Wagner." Mary
L Wagner. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr...
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Organizational behavior presentation romance at the workplace

  1. 1. Romance at the workplace By Patrice Hester, Kundai Zoe Nangati, Lenzi O’Connor, and Magdalena Viktora
  2. 2. Topics • What is considered romance at the workplace? • Why is there romance at the workplace? • Rules and policies constraining romance at the workplace • Consequences of romance at the workplace • How should a manager react? • US data of romance at the workplace compared to other countries’ data • Future projection of romance at the workplace
  3. 3. WHAT IS ROMANCE AT THE WORKPLACE?
  4. 4. Romantic relationship between two members of the same organization Office Romance Definition Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of Love • Intimacy • Passion • Decision/ commitment LOVE PASSION DECISIONINTIMACY
  5. 5. 5 Types of Love 1. Liking 2. Infatuated Love 3. Romantic Love 4. Fatuous Love 5. Consummate Love
  6. 6. WHY IS THERE ROMANCE AT THE WORKPLACE?
  7. 7. Why it Happens • Proximity • Exposure • Long Work Hours • Rank • Character & Company Culture • Socializing Outside Work • Travel
  8. 8. RULES AND POLICIES
  9. 9. Workplace Rules and Policies • Why do we need rules and policies concerning workplace romance? • How many organizations have written or verbal policies? – In 2013, 42% – In 2005, 20% • Love Contracts – Employers protect themselves from liability – Not a substitute for sexual harassment policies • Training offered to employees on how to manage workplace romance? – 10%, for all employees – 8%, for managers only – 81%, no type of training on workplace romance management
  10. 10. Types of workplace romances that aren’t permitted • Supervisor/Employee • Employees of significant rank difference • Employee/Client • Employees who work on the same projects • Employees who work in same department but with different supervisors • Employee/Vendor • Employees in different departments • Employee/Competitor employee
  11. 11. Does your organization have a policy that addresses workplace romance? 36% 6% 54% 5% 18% 7% 72% 2% A written policy A verbal policy No written or verbal policy Don’t know 2013 (n = 555) 2005 (n = 491)
  12. 12. Upon suspicion or complaint about a possible workplace romance between employees, what measures are taken? 73% 60% 45% 32% 28% 23% 18% 7% 16% 58% 45% 47% 31% 33% 19% 13% 21% 25% Talk to employees involved Talk to the supervisor/leader of those involved in the romance Look for problematic behavior Monitor conflict among co-workers Monitor productivity of employees Talk to co-workers of those involved in the romance Monitor correspondence between suspected employees (e.g., e-… Support the relationship (e.g., allow common vacations) Nothing/no measures taken Supervisor-direct report romance (n = 350) Other types of romance (n = 296)
  13. 13. CONSEQUENCES
  14. 14. Consequences • Counseling • A formal written reprimand • Move to another position within the department • Transfer to another department within the organization • Removal from a supervisory position • Suspension • Termination
  15. 15. Reaction to Consequences • n= 219 • They accepted the decision – 80% • They did not accept the decision and left the organization – 8% • They did not accept the decision and took legal action against the organization – 3% • They did not accept the decision and appealed it – 2% • Other – 7% Workplace Romance Survey SHRM 2013
  16. 16. MANAGER’S REACTION
  17. 17. How should manager react to romance in the workplace? • Relationship between supervisor and subordinate: – There’s a definite need for the employer to step in • If their co-workers already have a relationship: – The employer only needs to be involved if it becomes a distraction • Accept it • Talk about it • Better understanding of sexual harassment • Be consistent • Keep listening
  18. 18. US COMPARED TO OTHER COUNTRIES
  19. 19. US data compared to other countries’ data 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Dated someone in a higer position Getting Married Dated a co-worker
  20. 20. FUTURE PROJECTION OF ROMANCE AT THE WORKPLACE
  21. 21. Future Projections • Workplace romance policies are likely in increase in organizations – More laid back culture of Generation X and Y – Perceived favoritism – Sexual Harassment – Potential for Retaliation – Employer Liability
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