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How To Manage Workplace Relationships

With Valentine’s Day making February the month for romance, this month we take a look at some of the potential risks to employers when romance blossoms amongst employees and the steps that can be taken to address these.

Why Should An Employer Be Concerned About Its Employees Forming Romantic Relationships In The Workplace?

Romantic relationships between employees in the same organisation can expose the employer to a number of legal risks. These are most likely to arise when one employee is pursuing another to start a relationship or, even more so, when the relationship breaks down. The most obvious legal risks are as follows:

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Love in the Workplace: Managing Personal Relationships

Undoubtedly the rise of social media has had an impact upon how many people meet their significant other but, the fact remains, many people still meet partners through work.  It’s not surprising really given the amount of time we spend at work but, for some employers, learning of a new office romance can leave them feeling on edge.  

Employers cannot, of course, ban personal relationships at work but, where these could possibly have a detrimental impact upon the workplace, certain steps can be taken to minimise any issues that may arise. Employers must be mindful of striking a balance between an employee’s right to a private life with the need to protect its business interests.  Here are some top tips for managing relationships at work.

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