Rules on Employees Dating Each Other

Roger owns a small company, and sometimes his employees date one another. Should he try to stop this practice?

QUESTION: Roger owns a small company, and sometimes his employees date one another. Should he try to stop this practice?

ANSWER: Really, it’s not wise to try to stop it. It’s happened around here a lot as well. I just warn them that if you break up after dating and you’re working together, it’s what’s known as awkward. You need to be thinking about that as you’re entering into this, but I’ve had several team members over the years get married that met here. A couple of them are working here now. Their spouses met them here and their spouses moved on, but they’re still here. We didn’t fire them when they got married.

We don’t hire married couples—almost never—that way, but we don’t fire you if you meet here and get married here. We don’t force one of you to leave, but often one does. It’s not that unusual. I do not currently have a married couple working here out of 400 team members. I can’t think of one off the top of my head, but I can think of five that are married to people they met while working here, and then one of the spouses left.

Just go ahead and warn them because they’re young, and they’re in love, and it’s all romantic, and they’re in heat and all that stuff. You just go, “Look, if you break up, it’s going to be awkward. You need to remember that.”

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