Even more shocking is that 40% of those 18-29 year olds would date their supervisors.According to a Career Builder survey, interoffice dating has a fairly high success rate--of the 38% of people surveyed that dated a co-worker at least once, 31% went on to marry that co-worker! If you believe the stats of new employees entering the workforce, it might seem so.There is potential for use of the academic or supervisory role to maintain or promote the relationship.Another potential problem involves perceptions of third parties who feel they have lost equality in terms of assignments, promotions, etc., and who may feel that the only way to succeed is to engage in a romantic, intimate, and/or sexual liaison.Just last month, Gary Friedman, the chief executive of Restoration Hardware, stepped down in the middle of the company's public offering. A couple years ago, Hewlett-Packard's chief executive, Mike Hurd, resigned amid accusations of falsifying expense reports to hide a personal relationship with an independent contractor.The reason: an internal inquiry into his relationship with a 26-year-old female employee. As companies grow and add employees, you will often see signs of budding workplace relationships.I tend to sound like a broken record when it comes to company policies.Consensual romantic, intimate, or sexual relationships are of concern to Oregon State University when one of the parties has institutional responsibility for or authority over the other.
Think of it this way: Is the potential relationship worth risking your good job or name?All employees should recognize the possible negative consequences of romantic, intimate or sexual liaisons in the workplace and academic programs.This Policy prescribes actions required to remove conflicts of interest and avoid adverse effects on third parties, and further specifies the situations where consensual relationships are prohibited.As the old saying goes "you don't dip your pen in the company ink." In other words, you shouldn't get into a dating or sexual relationship with a co-worker.But consider this: according to a recent Workplace Options survey, nearly 85% of 18-29 year olds would have a romantic relationship with a co-worker, compared to just over 35% for 30-46 year olds and about 30% of 47-66 year olds.According to the Career Builder survey, some industries are more prone to inter-office dating than others.Hospitality, Financial Services, Transportation and Utilities, Information Technology, and Health Services all topped the list as having higher than average office dating.There are a few different ways to manage this liability.When it comes to workplace dating policies, here are a few basic options: Generally, policies cover not only employees, but also contractors, vendors, suppliers, manufacturers, and the like.Consensual relationships in this context can compromise the integrity of the exercise of institutional responsibility, create the potential for abuse of the authority or cause problems due to the perceptions of third parties.Integrity can be compromised when individuals evaluate the work or academic performance of other individuals with whom they have a consensual relationship.