Other employees might complain that the supervisor is giving his or her mate preferential treatment, even if he or she is deserving of that raise or promotion.
The second type is a “hostile work environment,” in which an individual must show: (1) he or she was subjected to conduct of a harassing nature because of his or her sex; (2) the conduct was both subjectively and objectively unwelcome; and (3) the conduct was sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of the employee’s working environment so as to create an abusive working environment.
Question: I am frustrated with my employees lately.
Or does that overstep boundaries and put too much restriction on an employee’s personal life?
Legally speaking, in most states an employer can enact a policy that prohibits employees from dating one another.
It seems that there is constant workplace drama about who’s dating who, who said what about whoever else, you name it.
I feel like I spend half my time addressing gossip and hurt feelings.
Implementing a broad employee dating policy is more cumbersome than it is effective, and simply stressing that professionalism is paramount will quell any budding problems arising from employees' private romances.
Dating among peers is probably not worth HR's efforts, but supervisor-subordinate relationships can pose an HR minefield.
Prohibiting it could decrease morale and could even result in losing employees who wish to date coworkers but cannot.