SECURE THE JOB YOU WANT & EXCEL
Engaging in a romance at work or the office is definitely a minefield that can result in termination, transfers or divorce. CEO’s at major companies have been fired by their board of directors for having an affair with an employee. Work romances happen frequently but often end badly.
An increasing number of major organizations are issuing formal policies on “fraternization”, some prohibiting it entirely and others specifying when it is permissible. All of these policies, however, prohibit romantic relationships between managers and their subordinates, and most of them bar such relationships between employees within the same work group or TEAM. Consensual work romances between employees are usually permitted when neither partner reports to the other but most organizations frown on romances involving senior executives and lower level employees.
Sue Shellenbarger, a columnist on balancing work and life issues at the Wall Street Journal, has written a number of excellent articles on employee affairs. Her advice includes:
Finally, before you become involved in any work romance, ask yourself, “Does my career really need this? Can I really justify all the risks?” When in doubt, opt out before it gets started. And remember, one-night stands always alter work relationships and not for the better.
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