Taboo Topics: What if an Employee Wants to Date You?
It's a common problem that most small-business never thought would happen when they started their business. A survey reported by Chubbworks said that 29 percent of office romances involved an employee dating a manager.
I have seen this happen personally. I was once asked out on a date by my employee when I was sitting in a movie theatre. Talk about bad timing! What if one of your employees said they have a crush on you and wants to start dating?
What should you do even if you are available and interested? There is no gray area here. Just say no!
State that the company has a clear policy in the HR handbook that forbids this type of relationship since it can cause many legal complications in the workplace. Failed romances are a significant source of business sexual harassment cases. As a next step, advise the HR person in your company of this conversation so they can document it. For the foreseeable future, ensure that you are not alone with this person at any time. If the dating conversation crops up again, offer the employee (with the HR manager present) an equal opportunity to work for someone else in the company since this is now impacting your working relationship.
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