Thursday, February 14, 2019
These questions often come up in counseling and, in general, workplace romance is always a bad idea. If it develops, at least one of the partners has to decide what's more important: the romantic relationship or the job? One has to go. Except in very exceptional circumstances both are not sustainable.
As a manager in human service agencies, romantic relationships contaminate the team morale and contribute to staff splitting. The milieu quickly becomes toxic and it is a paramount supervisory responsibility to deal with the situation directly, explicitly, and firmly. Many human service agencies have "fraternization policies" and even consensual romantic relationships among staff are verbotten.