Policy dating customers

Don't put a policy in place to control the behavior of a few employees whose behavior is out of line.

Consequently, fraternization policies that prohibit friendships and association outside of the workplace cause employees to deceive and cover up.

Rather than keeping the relationship a secret and potentially damaging your professional reputation, decide whether the job or the relationship is more important to you.

Companies that allow employees to date customers often require the employee to disclose the relationship.

Just last month, Gary Friedman, the chief executive of Restoration Hardware, stepped down in the middle of the company's public offering. A couple years ago, Hewlett-Packard's chief executive, Mike Hurd, resigned amid accusations of falsifying expense reports to hide a personal relationship with an independent contractor.

The reason: an internal inquiry into his relationship with a 26-year-old female employee. As companies grow and add employees, you will often see signs of budding workplace relationships.

Even more shocking is that 40% of those 18-29 year olds would date their supervisors.

Enforcing these policies can take their toll on a company. Earlier this year, Best Buy's chief executive, Brian Dunn, stepped down after an investigation by the board discovered he had shown "extremely poor judgment" with a 29-year-old female employee.

As the old saying goes "you don't dip your pen in the company ink." In other words, you shouldn't get into a dating or sexual relationship with a co-worker.

But consider this: according to a recent Workplace Options survey, nearly 85% of 18-29 year olds would have a romantic relationship with a co-worker, compared to just over 35% for 30-46 year olds and about 30% of 47-66 year olds.

But when a couple is genuinely serious about dating and building a relationship, popular opinion is more favorable.

Amy Nicole Salvaggio, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Tulsa, conducted a study of nearly 200 full-time workers in a variety of workplaces.

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