Should Employers Police Workplace Romances?

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Jay Starkman talks about Office Romance Policies with Fast Company Magazine
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Should Employers Police Workplace Romances?

Workplace policies and office romances: Engage CEO, Jay Starkman, talks to Fast Company magazine.

"The old approach for many companies was to ban office dating as a way to avoid potential liability," he says. "I couldn’t be more against that. It’s like Prohibition; all the ban does is force the activity underground. People aren’t going to stop dating because of a policy. It may have a little chilling effect, but that hurts culture because people end up sneaking around."

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Welcome to the workplace of 2019, where personal relationships between co-workers are the norm, and even romantic liaisons aren’t necessarily frowned upon. In fact, many employers actually have policies around colleagues dating, which varies from company to company.

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