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Workplace romance


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Workplace romance

  1. 1. WHAT’S WORKPLACE ROMANCE<br />Lots of people fall in love with their co-workers or their bosses. Other employees typically get swept up in workplace romances through the gossip mill.<br />
  2. 2. Why so prevalent?<br /><ul><li>Increase in number of women in the workplace
  3. 3. Employees wait longer to get married
  4. 4. Employees work longer hours
  5. 5. Workplace cultures and casual attitude
  6. 6. Gen X and Gen Y
  7. 7. Job tenures are shorter</li></li></ul><li>UPSIDES<br />HAPPY WORKERS<br />MORE PRODUCTIVE<br />FEWER HEALTH ISSUES<br />MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING<br />
  8. 8. WHAT GOES WRONG<br />If the relationship is of superior-subordinate:<br />Sexual Harassment complaints<br />Claims of favoritism<br />Retaliation claims<br />Conflict of Interest<br />Confidentiality breaches<br />Potential for violence<br />
  9. 9. If the relationship is of co-workers :<br />public displays of affection<br />spending inordinate amounts of time together during work hours<br />co-workers may feel uncomfortable<br />create a hostile work environment<br />
  10. 10. Strategies for Managing Romances<br /><ul><li>1. Policy governing office romance
  11. 11. 2. Effective communication
  12. 12. 3. “Love Contracts”??
  13. 13. 4. Training and Vigilance
  14. 14. 5. Equal treatment</li></li></ul><li>The Goal!<br /><ul><li>Professional and Respectful Workplace</li></li></ul><li>THANK YOU!<br />