According to Dana Wilkie, an online SHRM editor, periodic surveys by SHRM show that 99 percent of employers with romance policies in place indicate that love matches between supervisors and staff members are not allowed.
That’s up from 80 percent in 2005, and from 64 percent in SHRM’s 2001 Workplace Romance survey.
Almost half these policies—45 percent—forbid romances between employees of significantly different rank. Many organizations forbid intimate relationships even outside supervisory relationships.
Thirty-three percent of organizations forbid romances between employees who report to the same supervisor, and 12 percent won’t even allow employees in different departments to date.
If it's just about sex—a dalliance, an extramarital affair or a relationship entered into with the intention of moving up the career ladder—coworkers and companies tend to frown on love relationships in the workplace.
Supervisors should understand the appropriate disciplinary actions they should take if a romance derails and disrupts the workplace as a result.
But when a couple is genuinely serious about dating and building a relationship, popular opinion is more favorable.
Amy Nicole Salvaggio, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Tulsa, conducted a study of nearly 200 full-time workers in a variety of workplaces.
From data gathered from a survey of several thousand employers and employees, she determined that inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace is common on company time and at company locations.
Considering the amount of time most people spend working, where else is a couple to meet?