In a modern world, where we all spend a lot of time at work and with our colleagues, there is a growing trend of personal or intimate relationships developing. Personal relationships include family relationships, sexual relationships, very close friendships, and close business, commercial and financial. This hot topic looks at the implications of when these relations overspill into the workplace, as well as exploring the need for a Workplace Relationship policy in order that a company can be clear on their stance. Quite often, close personal relationships cause no problems at all for an organisation.
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Should you date a coworker? If you still want to move forward, research shows that your intentions matter. Many companies prohibit employees from dating coworkers, vendors, customers, or suppliers, or require specific disclosures, so be sure to investigate before you start a relationship. Lots of people meet their partners at work , and yet dating someone in the office is often frowned upon. Some companies even have explicit policies against it.
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Vanderbilt University strives to be a family-friendly workplace and is committed to maintaining an environment in which members of the University community can work together to further education, research, patient care and community service. This policy provides guidelines for visitors in the workplace, family members working at Vanderbilt and relationships at work. Children, family members, associates or friends are welcome for occasional, brief visits in the workplace. However, children may not visit the workplace if their presence conflicts with department policy, federal or state law. Employees may bring children to appropriate University-sponsored programs and activities.
Yuki Noguchi. This story is adapted from an episode of Life Kit, NPR's podcast with tools to help you get it together. Listen to the episode at the top of the page, or find it here. Love can be complicated.