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.
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.
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.
Line manager briefing looking at the subject of managing romantic or family relationships at work, including disclosure of personal relationships and dealing with unacceptable behaviour and a breakdown of relationships.
An employee who agreed severance terms following the takeover of a cleaning contract on which was employed, was in effect dismissed because she was married to the managing director of the firm which had lost the contract, and was therefore unlawfully discriminated against, holds an Ashford employment tribunal (Chair: D E de Saxe) in Smith v ISS Servisystem Ltd.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to workplace personal relationships.