according to this survey, employees are probably using your small business as a free dating site (right now)
You may not run a match making service as your business, but that doesn't mean you're not the unwitting sponsor of a dating service. If you haven't discovered an employee romance, just keep running your business, one is bound to pop up. Or it's quite possible that they already have but those dating relationships have been well hidden from you.
A survey conducted by Career Builder revealed just how common dating on the job really is today. The survey, which included over 8,000 employees also uncovered several other interesting facts.
1. Admit it, your business is a dating service
Employees looking for a relationship are apparently in the right place. According to the survey, 39% of workers say they have dated a coworker at least one time, while 17% admit to dating a coworker multiple times. But while nothing is guaranteed, dating at the job proves to be a good move for those looking to get married. A reported 30% state they met and married their spouse at work.
2. Your supervisors may date employee they supervise.
If you've been putting off doing sexual harassment training, you may want to go ahead and get that done. If you've that counseling your supervisors not to date employees that they are in charge of, was not necessary because it's common sense, go ahead and have that talk. The survey reveals that the majority of romantic relationships do develop between co-workers of equal rank, managers also got in on the dating action. Of those surveyed 29% stated they dated someone above them in the reporting rank. A whopping 16% said they dated the boss. Women are more likely to date the boss than men, 39 % to 21% respectively. I hope that you see the writing on the wall with potential issues when the relationship doesn't work out. (Hello sexual harassment claims.) And we're not off the hook if the relationship is happy either. (Hello complaints of favoritism.) These numbers certainly give the savvy business owner something to think about.
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3. They might tell you they're date....or maybe not.
Want your employees to disclose romantic relationships? You had better have policy in place that requires employees spill the relationship beans. According the survey, waiting for employees to disclose their dating status will render you with incomplete information. The majority of employees state they are open with their relationships at work, 39% report that the work relationship a secret.
4. Late nights, working lunches and company happy hours spark work romances.
All that overtime is causing your employees to fall in love. Well, at least for 12% of those surveyed sited that working late nights was a catalyst for starting a romantic relationship with a co-worker. Also, those moral building, celebratory happy hours can also double as a speed dating session. The bottom line is, the more your employees are around each other (especially outside off work), the more easily it is to start seeing their co-worker as more than just a co-worker.
Definitely a very interesting survey of employee dating behavior at work with many take-a-ways for small business owners. Should you attempt to stop workplace romances? That's up to and what works for your business. However, being aware that work romances may develop will allow you to develop policies and practices that can effectively manage that reality at work.
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