Bosses urged to ditch the mistletoe

January 2004
Management Services;Jan2004, Vol. 48 Issue 1, p4
Academic Journal
The article presents information on a survey conducted by Croner Consulting regarding the views of human resource experts on office romances. The survey in Great Britain found that the majority of human resource experts think office romances are bad for business. Sixty-two per cent of respondents to the survey said they thought that office relationships negatively affect productivity at work. In reality, however, while many businesses have informal views on office affairs, most do not have a policy on workplace relationships. With people working longer hours and an increasing number of women in the workforce, today's hot spot to meet potential partners is the office. Some surveys suggest that one in four people meet their life partners at work. Croner Consulting is advising businesses to issue clear rules to employees about romance between officemates. On a more serious note, a significant number of sexual harassment claims made every year are the result of drunken behavior and failed office romances according to Richard Smith, human resource expert and consultant at Croner Consulting.


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