Romance in the Workplace – How Do I Handle It?

Posted in : How Do I Handle It ROI on 21 February 2023
Claire Macken
Issues covered: Bullying; Harassment; Sexual Harassment; Discrimination; Breach of confidentiality; Conflicts of interest; Dismissal

We have been made aware of an ongoing romantic relationship between two members of staff. We are concerned that this relationship may give rise to issues in the workplace. How do we handle it?

Given the amount of time spent in the workplace and in the company of work colleagues, it is not surprising that workplace romances remain prevalent. Understandably romantic relationships within the workplace, depending on the circumstances, may prove problematic and employers commonly have concerns that the existence of such relationships may give rise to complaints involving bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, breach of confidentiality or conflicts of interest. Workplace

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