The distraction can tear at even the most cohesive group.First, you need to make sure the employee is truly in the relationship by choice—that she hasn’t felt pressured. For some, it’s just hard to meet new people, and after-work-socializing functions provide an easy way to do that.
In some offices, they “look the other way.” While some people generally discourage such relationships, others argue that they can be conducted without difficulty; the keys to successfully managing them are maturity, common-sense, and forethought.
Q: My business partner is dating one of his direct reports.
For others, they have very specific areas of interest or expertise in both their work and personal life, are so work settings allow them to meet people with these same areas of interest.
For some, they consult on many projects in and outside the company, it’s just bound to happen at some point that they meet someone they like. Other offices have no policy is well known and the norm there.
Once you have this situation sorted out, I recommend taking a look at the larger issue of interoffice romances.