Employee oriented, forward thinking workplaces recognize that one of the places that employees meet their eventual spouse or partner is at work.Workplace friendships flow naturally into personal lives.
Additionally, any fraternization with any employee who reports to the manager or whose terms and conditions of employment such as pay raises, promotions, and advancement are potentially affected by the manager, is prohibited.
For example, the manager of the marketing department may not develop a romantic relationship with any employee who reports to the level of employee in the company who reports to him or his counterparts in other departments.
Even if no improper conduct occurs, the relationship may cause gossip, hard feelings, dissatisfaction, and distraction among other employees in the workplace.
Company employees may date, develop friendships and relationships both inside and outside of the workplace as long as the relationships do not negatively have an impact on work.
Any relationship that interferes with the company culture of teamwork, the harmonious work environment or the productivity of employees, will be addressed by applying the progressive discipline policy up to and including employment termination.