Ethics of dating a coworker
Tell your boss first—don’t ask for permission but rather show that you care about the business and your careers, advises Williams.
“Your boss will find out anyway and you want them to be confident that you'll behave in a professional, ethical and responsible manner.
Coworkers may fill in the story without knowing the facts.
“Their work reputation may change for the worse because people found out about their personal life.”Should you change your job?
“Attempting to keep the relationship a secret usually fails and invites interest, speculation and gossip.”Experts suggest waiting at least three months before sharing that you’re a couple.
If you’re not going against company policy, the relationship isn’t with someone in your reporting structure, or won’t cause additional strife in the office, share the information with coworkers organically and not with an announcement at lunch or a public display of affection, suggests Cunningham.
“If you’re in a situation where no relationships are allowed, there’s no grey there,” says Haefner.
“There are certain prejudices against people who are romantically involved with the boss—people would question promotions and raises.”Even though everyone’s fair play if your company doesn’t have a policy, Williams says that it’s difficult for a subordinate to consent to a relationship with a supervisor because of the inherent pressure and influence of his or her advances.You could get fired.”Being involved with a coworker can potentially jeopardize business objectives or be a distraction in the workplace, says Jolynn Cunningham, director of talent at Indeed.“You’re there to do business and personal relationships are secondary.”If your company allows a relationship, pursue it with discretion.Depending on your work environment or the nature of your relationship, experts say one person might need to find a new employer.“If someone can’t separate work from business, you should do what’s best for the business,” says Cunningham. announced that it had forced the resignation of its president and chief executive, Harry Stoneciper, because of a "personal relationship" with a female Boeing executive that was "inconsistent" with the company's code of conduct. Ken Siegel, psychologist, author and president of the Impact Group Inc., a psychologists' group which consults with business management, was online Tuesday, March 8, at 11 a.m.