Employer no dating policy
“Research suggests that secret relationships can be corrosive,” Baker says.
She recommends breaking the news with an announcement that’s brief and to the point by saying something like, “Yes, we had a date, but I’d like to keep that between us, if you don’t mind.” You can even do the same with your manager if you have a friendly rapport.
“Dating someone within your department will affect your opportunities for promotion, because the company can’t put you in a position where one of you reports to the other,” Heathfield explains.
And yes, they really are that common: According to a 2018 Career Builder survey, 36 percent of people have dated a co-worker, 30 percent have dated a superior, and 22 percent have had an office romance with their manager or direct boss.
The advantages that often accompany these relationships are leading to an uptick.
“Over the next years, you’re going to see workplace romances increasing,” Heathfield says.
From a social (and ethical) standpoint, consider people who are already attached to be off-limits — no exception.
“Co-workers and bosses do not react favorably to relationships between married people,” Heathfield says.