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That employee was transferred somewhere else, says Cole.“Especially because they were in a hierarchical relationship, that was a big no-no,” says the professor. A 2009 study published in the Journal of Business and Psychology and authored Cole, looked at the attitudes of 100 employees and students at Ryerson University.
Most respondents said they felt workplace romances are “inevitable” Cole says.
It can also have a negative effect on the morale of coworkers if a subordinate is seen receiving preferential treatment.
“I think it was clear that most people thought that management should not interfere with workplace relationships, and that everything was OK, as long as it didn’t become a problem,” says Cole.
In fact, respondents said it didn’t matter whether the two people dating were in a hierarchical relationship or not.
“That was a little surprising, but it shows how the younger generation may be perceiving things,” says Cole.
British billionaire Richard Branson, chair of the Virgin Group, thinks it can be a positive force, and make for stronger companies.“Rather than implementing prohibitive rules that make for distracted and unhappy employees, it’s far better to prepare with some sensible guidelines for your company to cope with relationships that will inevitably arise,” says Branson in a column for Canadian Business Magazine.
“Falling in love at the office would seem inevitable rather than a corporate misdemeanour.”Branson said his acquisition of British Bank Northern Rock, where he saw many husbands and wives working in the different branches, helped him understand the bonds that can be forged when families and couples work together.“I cannot think of a stronger endorsement,” says Branson Lovers on company time Some high-profile office romance scandals include: Peter Mansbridge and Wendy Mesley: The CBC anchor married fellow journalist Mesley in 1989 before their split in 1992.