"There are so many pitfalls to dating the boss, including jealousy and perceived favoritism from colleagues, potential ethical violations, and the unintended and negative consequences that might happen if the relationship heads south." According to a Vault survey, 16% of those who have had a romance at work have dated a supervisor — but most of those relationships don't work out.Another study from Career Builder found that only a third of office romances end in marriage.Dating, relationships, partners and everything else that comes with them, are never simple and are the source of a large proportion of all of our troubles and woes.This seems to be a big issue for a lot of us, and yet while we might wish that love and relationships were simple, it seems that most of us are actually constantly making the whole thing a lot harder on ourselves.
It's tried and tested and we all know it to be true, but boy does it make relationships that much harder and leave many of us in a pool of unrequited love or pounding against the wall in frustration and jealousy.As the old saying goes "you don't dip your pen in the company ink." In other words, you shouldn't get into a dating or sexual relationship with a co-worker.But consider this: according to a recent Workplace Options survey, nearly 85% of 18-29 year olds would have a romantic relationship with a co-worker, compared to just over 35% for 30-46 year olds and about 30% of 47-66 year olds.Essentially, any relationship between two people that could have a negative effect on the company if things sour, or if one party is able to improperly influence the other would fall under the policy.One last generally acceptable rule: If you have a "C" (think CEO, CFO, COO) or VP in your title, you should always think twice about dating anyone in the workplace, even if he or she is not a direct report or within your chain of command.Even if it does not violate a written policy, your boss (the CEO or the board) might not care, and view it as a lack of senior management acumen.Think of it this way: Is the potential relationship worth risking your good job or name?Even more shocking is that 40% of those 18-29 year olds would date their supervisors.According to a Career Builder survey, interoffice dating has a fairly high success rate--of the 38% of people surveyed that dated a co-worker at least once, 31% went on to marry that co-worker! If you believe the stats of new employees entering the workforce, it might seem so.There will foreseeably be claims of favoritism, or even discrimination or harassment.When a workplace romance sours, it can expose the company to increased liability, since the connection between alleged actors is easier to establish--essentially giving the plaintiff some good ammunition for his or her case.