After firing CEO Dov Charney last month, American Apparel decided to update its company code of ethics with stricter guidelines regarding interoffice relationships.
According to the new policy, “No management-level employee may make sexual advances, welcome or unwelcome, toward any subordinate.” Considering Charney’s time with the company was riddled with allegations of sexual harassment, it’s no surprise that the company wants to take a more conservative approach to fraternization.
If things turn south, the last thing you’ll want is someone gossiping about your private life or what you said about your boss after a particularly tough performance review.
Also, consider how much you’d continue having to work with the person after breaking up—or even how regularly you’re likely to run into him or her at work functions or around the water cooler.
Perhaps that makes sense given the amount of time we spend at work: In an office relationship, you can relate to the struggles someone faces from 9 to 5, says Brownlee.
That’s not easy to do with a spouse or partner who works in a different field.
“It can make for a very uncomfortable situation,” she says Whitmore.
For those of you considering an office relationship with a married coworker, here’s some sage advice: Don’t dip your pen in the company ink.If coworker romantic relationships had been handled the way they should, there would be no need for a #Me Too movement because abuses would not have happened in the first place.First and foremost, understand your company’s policy about dating other employees.Consider the Worst-Case Scenario With 7% of respondents to the Career Builder survey saying they had to leave a job after a breakup, you’ll be glad you did some critical thinking before jumping into any new relationship with a colleague.First of all, ask yourself how well you know your potential partner.