Thirty-three percent of organizations forbid romances between employees who report to the same supervisor, and 12 percent won’t even allow employees in different departments to date.
The SHRM research also found that some companies forbid hookups between their employees and clients or customers, and 11 percent forbid romances between their employees and employees of their competitors.
Amy Nicole Salvaggio, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Tulsa, conducted a study of nearly 200 full-time workers in a variety of workplaces.
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.
Considering the amount of time most people spend working, where else is a couple to meet?
Traditional places like church, family events, and leisure time activities don’t present the same pool of candidates as they did in earlier times.
That’s up from 80 percent in 2005, and from 64 percent in SHRM’s 2001 Workplace Romance survey.
Almost half these policies – 45 percent – forbid romances between employees of significantly different rank. Many organizations forbid intimate relationships even outside supervisory relationships.