The policy may also state that you expect staff members to behave in a professional manner while dating.
Her findings indicated that most respondents do not mind seeing a romance develop between two unmarried colleagues.
They do object to relationships in which one or both coworkers are married to someone else, however, and they also object when the relationship is between a supervisor and his or her direct report. Poe, an HR freelance writer, also found in a Society for Human Resource Management white paper that adulterous affairs were a problem in some workplaces.
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.
Depending on the discretion of the dating couple, gossip in the workplace can become rampant and disruptive.
They also worry about losing valuable employees who might seek employment elsewhere if the relationship ends.
Limit the number of coworkers with whom you share this confidential information.
Know whether you’re required to report a dating relationship to HR. They can help you with gossip control and with understanding what is expected and appropriate in your workplace.
Other studies have reported a higher level of productivity from dating couples at work.
And yet, an SHRM workplace romance survey found in 2013 that 42 percent of companies had developed a formal, written, workplace romance policy.
If it's just about sex -- a dalliance, an extramarital affair or a relationship entered into with the intention of moving up the career ladder -- coworkers and companies tend to frown on love relationships in the workplace.