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Valentines Day – workplace relationships

Valentines Day – workplace relationships
Generally speaking, bosses do not have a problem with their staff being in relationships – providing their status bares no affect on them carrying out their work.

In terms of good practise, manners dictate it is polite to inform management when the relationship starts. It may be an employers preference that the couple do not work together in the same team but any plans to move either party would have to be open to consultation before a definite decision was made.

If you are in a work place relationship you should always be mindful of your conduct during working hours and you must always remain professional. You must acknowledge that if you discuss your partner with your colleagues it could cause potential embarrassment to them and your partner.

The objective of an employer is for their business to run efficiently and that their staff are happy. The Human Rights Act prevents there being a total ban on workplace relationships, and providing your actions do not bring the company into disrepute, employers are unable to dictate how you spend your time outside of work.

No-one wants to think about their relationship ending but it considerations must be made if you work together. Again, it is advisable to inform management about the relationship breaking down. Especially as it may mean one of you wishes to change your department or branch.

It goes without saying that your break-up must not affect anyone else at work through any arguments or inappropriate behaviour.

Business owners take note – even if two of your employees are clearly made for each other do not attempt to be a matchmaker. This could easily backfire and you could face accusations of sexual harassment.

If you are experiencing any discrimination in the workplace concerning your relationship, please contact a member of our expert Employment team on 0116 212 1000 / 01858 445480.

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