How to manage personal relationships at work
Author: Claire Birkinshaw
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- Accept that personal relationships at work are normal and that, in many cases, they will not present a problem.
- Put in place a policy on relationships at work that balances your employees' right to a private life against the company's right to protect its business interests.
- Ensure that there are effective grievance and anti-harassment procedures in place so that any allegations following a failed relationship can be dealt with effectively.
- Be aware that the dismissal of an employee for having a personal relationship at work is highly likely to be unfair, as well as possibly discriminatory on the grounds of sex, status as a married person or civil partner, or sexual orientation.
- Take into account that it is unrealistic to place a blanket ban on personal relationships between workplace colleagues.
- Consider guidelines covering personal relationships between employees and clients, customers, contractors or suppliers.