Can employers have rules on personal relationships at work? Is it harassment for a worker to ask a colleague out on a date? Is it ever appropriate for a line manager to interfere in an employee's love life? With Valentine's Day approaching, we look at 10 potential problems with workplace romances.
We discuss the problems that can occur when colleagues are in a relationship, and what HR can do to manage those issues. We also answer some commonly asked questions, including whether or not it can be harassment to ask a co-worker out on a date.
Almost half of the private-sector workforce is employed by family businesses. While many such companies are successful, sound policies are needed to avoid nepotism and claims for breach of contract and unfair constructive dismissal from non-family employees. Ed Stacey, a partner and head of the employment legal team at PwC, offers tips on good practice.
Practical guidance on managing personal relationships at work.
Intimate relationships at work can lead to problems such as favouritism and decreased morale. We find out how to establish and implement an effective policy to deal with these issues.
This anonymous, sector-based table includes comments from HR respondents on how their organisation's workplace relationship strategy could be improved, and shows which employers have a formal policy.
Employers are most likely to intervene in workplace relationships where employees display overt sexual behaviour or embark on a love affair, or if a manager has a relationship with a subordinate, according to XpertHR research.
A model policy on personal relationships at work.
A quiz for line managers to test their knowledge on personal relationships at work.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employees' workplace personal relationships.