Managing office romances - December 2011

Knowledge @ Australian School of Business

"Managing Office Romance: Is There a Policy for Mixing Business With Pleasure?"
Freelance business writer: Chris Sheedy
Editor: Deborah Tarrant
1900 words

Office romances are often seen by management as off-limits, too hot to handle – better to ignore them and hope they work out rather than implement policies and guidelines around such a private and personal matter. But a badly-managed or unmanaged relationship can negatively affect everybody around the couple through issues such as favouritism, conflicts of interest, pillow talk, lack of trust and even legal and occupational health and safety issues for the organisation. In this story, several experts come together to give their advice on managing this very sensitive subject.