After dinner, he was direct: He is interested in me romantically and wants to date. There are about 67 reasons and 32 bromides (the most colorful of which argues against pooping where we eat) to discourage you from dating your (indirect) boss.
He said that he had thought through the professional ramifications, and they were worth it for him. And even though he would never be in a position to promote me, he is very much a boss. Chief among them: Your disparate levels of power at work will inevitably seep into your off-duty relationship. He may not have the power to promote you, but he probably eats lunch with those who do.
However, in its opinion, the court also stated that the policy may have gone too far.
Another option is to require employees to report whenever they enter into a consensual relationship.
Many of us know one couple (from a much larger pool) who beat the odds of lopsided office romance and ended up happily (enough) ever after. ” If so, keep asking other advice columnists until one says no in a very firm voice. But let’s not mix business with pleasure.”We live downstairs from an avid smoker who left her cigarette butts by our shared back door.
So, as Clint Eastwood said in “Dirty Harry”: “You’ve got to ask yourself a question. I asked if she would mind if I bought a covered ashtray for her to use. But quibbling over color and finish is taking things a bit far.
Although some companies chose to have no policy on dating, that leaves them open to potential liability if a supervisor is shown to have sexually harassed a subordinate, for example, by giving a poor performance review to a former partner.
Employment attorney Anna Cohen, writing in HR Hero Online, suggests that no-dating policies can be problematic, as it is difficult to define exactly the type of behavior that will be restricted. United Parcel Services, the 7th Circuit appellate court upheld a no-dating policy that forbade managers from a romantic relationship with any hourly employee, as long as it was consistently enforced.
However, employers may have another opinion on the matter. What Are the Potential Pitfalls of Employee Romances?