Playing musical chairs with direct reports does not solve the ethical issues that come with this interoffice romance.
Love has always had its consequences, and there are more than you might realize when it strikes in an office setting. Pretending that you don’t know what’s going on is a decision you’re likely to regret if things go badly between the co-workers.
You and your partner need to see your attorney as well as an HR expert, but first you need to have an owner-to-owner talk about leadership ethics.
This is no dating game—the relationship, whether or not they stay together, could wreak havoc on your culture and company.
Practically Speaking is a weekly column that addresses your most pressing business dilemmas. That kind of relationship could lead to favoritism and cause friction with other employees.
The advice is the opinion of long-time business owner Gene Marks. I run a 100-person company, so we’re not a huge business. When this occurs, a policy could be that one of the participants in the relationship must switch professional roles or jobs in the company or, in some cases, leave the company altogether. Even if one is not reporting to the other, there could be overlap in their responsibilities .
Related: The Risky Business of Hiring a Family Member In the end, it’s your company and you can have a policy regarding anything you want, as long as it’s not discriminatory.