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Younger workers are more than OK with office romance

Not only are Millennials OK with dating in the workplace, they have no qualms about dating a superior and telling people about it.

The facts: Nearly 85% of staff ages 18 to 29 said they’d date a co-worker. Compare that with employees ages 46 to 65, 90% of whom think dating a colleague is a bad idea.

Furthermore, over 70% of workers said workplace relationships can improve morale and performance.

Worst of all: Nearly 40% of Millennials think it’d be OK to date a manager and use social media to advertise the relationship.

The info comes from a study conducted by Workplace Options.

‘No relationships’ policy? Not gonna work

So what’s the best way to handle office relationships? Here are two thoughts:

  • Banning all office relationships won’t fly. When you survey results like this, your gut reaction might be to ban all workplace relationships –  but that won’t work.
    Consensual relationships between employees will always occur in the workforce, and you’d have better luck moving mountains than trying to prevent it.
    Your best bet: Work with the higher-ups to formulate a solid relationship policy. (Need help? For a peek at a sample workplace relationship policy, click here.)
  • Remind managers that they must reveal relationships. The worst mistake a manager can make is engaging in a relationship with a subordinate without revealing it to HR.
    Remind supervisors that if they do enter into consensual relationships with their staff members, their number one priority is to alert HR so it can move the manager or worker to another position.
    Otherwise, supervisors will face disciplinary action — not to mention office gossip and embarrassment.

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