Dating my subordinate

"We took things slowly because we were both very aware that we worked in the same office," she remembers.

But the caution was worth it: Five years after that first date, he proposed.

The risk rises when the two members of a couple are on different levels of the org chart.

When you hire a lot of passionate, engaging people, a couple of them are bound to hit it off in a way that goes beyond their shared interest in the business.

I run a small company and am wondering what the consequences are of starting up a romantic relationship with one of my employees, and how it will affect my business and relationship with other employees.

I know romantic relationships with people who work under you are discouraged, however Hi Dave, I've modified your question to address the concerns raised by @Chad, and have voted to reopen it. They met and started dating when she was studying under him. They probably broke all sorts of university regulations and crossed a bunch of boundaries. Like everythign else in life this is a riks/benefit tradeoff.

It’s important to keep your at-work relationship as professional as possible: unless you’re at lunch or in a group setting, try to limit the non-work related smalltalk to after hours.

You’re crazy about each other, but aren’t allowed to openly express it when you’re at work together: clearly, this is the recipe for some insane sexual tension.

It sucks, but until we all leave to form a Utopian Society on Mars, that’s the way it’s going to be. “My ex-girlfriend would come to my office, and when I told her I was busy, she would get offended,” said one guy I talked to.But communicating via company email system is dicey, and any email you open on your computer screen can be too easily read by a co-worker.Send each other text messages instead — not too often, but enough to keep things interesting.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."Older generations saw work as a separate place," says Renee Cowan, Ph.

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