But having a love relationship with your boss can be both exciting and tricky, especially if the relationship affects your everyday workplace performance.
Knowing the ins and outs of managing a relationship with your boss can be a life and work saver.
“Additionally, if the relationship ends, one of the employees may claim the relationship was not consensual, that the employee was sexually harassed, or that that employee was retaliated against if that employee receives a poor performance review from the former paramour,” says Zoller.
Many experts say it’s important for companies to have policies in place that address junior-senior relationships.
Dating, relationships, partners and everything else that comes with them, are never simple and are the source of a large proportion of all of our troubles and woes.
This seems to be a big issue for a lot of us, and yet while we might wish that love and relationships were simple, it seems that most of us are actually constantly making the whole thing a lot harder on ourselves.
Global management and strategy consultant Kathleen Brush says when a company she’s working with doesn’t have a policy expressly forbidding superior-subordinate relationships, she lobbies hard to get one in place.
“I do this because [relationships] can cause a lot of damage. They are dead ringers for cascading violations of integrity.” One of the major concerns regarding junior/senior dating is that there may be an element of coercion.
That said though, even those in it for the most admirable of reasons probably have to admit that the challenge and the 'forbidden' nature of the whole thing makes it all the more appealing. Well once you're hooked you're hooked and there's probably no going back, so instead of reflecting on the difficulties involved any further let's look at solutions.
It's widely unacceptable for subordinates and their superiors to engage in a romantic relationship, but there are many cases where such a relationship is manageable and even acceptable, as long as it doesn't affect work quality or production.
Before you decide to make your relationship official, realize that many offices have a strict policy against workplace romance, believing that it can lead to unfair treatment, unhappy coworkers and a decrease in efficiency and production.
Whether you decide to reveal your relationship or keep it quiet from your coworkers, managing a love relationship with your boss is no simple task.
Read on to find out what you can do to keep the romance alive and your work life intact.
This policy should reserve the employer’s right to make employment decisions, including transferring or changing lines of communication, Zoller says.