I run a small company and am wondering what the consequences are of starting up a romantic relationship with one of my employees, and how it will affect my business and relationship with other employees.I know romantic relationships with people who work under you are discouraged, however Hi Dave, I've modified your question to address the concerns raised by @Chad, and have voted to reopen it. They met and started dating when she was studying under him. They probably broke all sorts of university regulations and crossed a bunch of boundaries. Like everythign else in life this is a riks/benefit tradeoff.The following are factors this business owner and other employers should consider before instituting a policy on workplace relationships: Look at your company culture and applicable laws to decide what type of policy makes sense for your business.You might have difficulty enforcing an outright ban on all workplace dating.Likely she will act differently, letting others know she is privileged and that they had better not disagree with her.I have worked several places where the boss was dating one of the employees and in two out of three cases, it was a cancer in the workplace.The long hours spent together in the office can lead some colleagues to start a romantic relationship.
In cases of a manager dating a subordinate, the manager may feel a conflict of interest between her personal and professional lives if the relationship affects her decisions regarding promotions, raises or assignment of duties.If I've changed it too much from your original question, feel free to edit it further or roll back the changes. Dating subordinates is almost always a bad idea, except when it's a great idea. Other employees may end up resentful and there will be a drop of productivity if so.Likely you will treat her differently than the others such as giving her information that she in her current position should not have, refusing to see her performance problems, etc.Favoritism, conflicts of interest, and even sexual harassment complaints can disrupt productivity and influence morale, especially if the relationship sours.She considers adopting a policy on workplace relationships.Additionally, other employees may feel they are treated unfairly as compared to the colleague who is dating the boss.