Also such a strict policy is bad for employee morale as it makes the employer seem overbearing.Subordinates and managers Office romances are also problematic when an employee in a position of power dates a subordinate.He and his wife, co-owner Valerie Szafranski, haven’t had to deal with any co-worker relationships that have gone wrong since opening the restaurant in January 2016.The cafe has “a very hard-line ‘no’ policy” regarding harassment of any type – among co-workers and from guests.It helps that workers know where they stand, and they can learn about where the employees stand, Simmons said.“We also feel like it’s a way to counter, just in our little corner of the city and of the business, this type of toxic behavior that’s starting to come to light,” he said.She dated a co-worker at a restaurant where she worked in college, and it didn’t end so well. The restaurant forbade its workers to date, so of course they all dated anyway, just in secret, Anderson Cohen said.“There was a breakdown in teamwork and communication, and that’s the worst scenario,” she said.
Even if the relationship goes well, other employees may say the supervisor is showing favoritism.
“You have to be able to trust each other in any workplace.” Last year, Anderson Cohen launched a technology company with her husband called Sweat Working. With only five full-time employees, the company doesn’t have a set policy on dating co-workers, Anderson Cohen said, but the discussion stemming from the #Me Too movement has her brainstorming.
If co-workers are in a relationship, disclosing it can help the employer take care of anything improper before it happens, such as a romance where power dynamics are at play, she said.
However, these policies can have negative effects as well.
Most likely employees will continue to have relationships and employers won’t have the opportunity to lessen the possible negative results.
“(It used to be) laissez-faire, people can date who they want to date, but I think companies are realizing to create a safe environment for the employees, there needs to be some policing.” It’s a delicate balance to strike, though, and banning relationships isn’t always the answer, Challenger said.