So someone spots someone they really fancy at work. This can be a minefield for both the employer and employee.

There is a risk of conflicts of interest and also claims for harassment especially when things don’t go to plan. Many relationships start at work; not surprising perhaps, as people spend so much time in the office. So even with the risks it is clear that people will continue to have relationships with co-workers.

Here are a few tips:

For Employees:

  • Check your contract and staff handbook, and make sure you understand any specific policies in your company. Some employers might ask you to let HR know about any relationships.
  • Try to keep your love life separate from your work life as far as possible and try not to let any problems with your partner spill over into work activities.
  • If you make your feelings known to a colleague and the feeling are not mutual, then please do not persist!
  • If you are suffering from unwanted attention, and the person refuses to stop then report it to your line manager.

Sexual harassment is often disguised or excused as “harmless fun” on days like Valentine’s Day or at office parties, but it usually isn’t fun for the person on the receiving end.

For Employers:

  • Have clear policies on relationships in the work place. Making your policies clear to all employees will help protect you from accusations of inaction in dealing with the alleged harassment.
  • Consider requesting that staff disclose any personal relationships to the Human Resources team especially if it might cause a conflict of interest or if it involves a superior and subordinate.
  • Avoid discomfort within your teams by reassigning roles or performance management structures to avoid the perception of unfairness or favouritism.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Ola Leslie Solicitors

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