Although many associate intimate relationships at work with more risk than reward, there are some benefits of heightened employee performance and and an impact on employee commitment. These benefits are typically more present with those who have a relationship with someone who is in an equal position of power as them. Even though some managers worry about loss prevention in terms of relationships cutting into company time and resources, the rewards in most situations do seem to outweigh any negatives.
- People who spend time together in the workplace develop relationships, and some of these relationships can turn romantic.
- Workplace relationships are not widely studied due to their perceived negative impact on results.
- Romance in the workplace moves slowly due to policies and procedures.
“Working people spend a significant portion of their lives at work. Naturally, as people spend time together, professional relationships often become personal.”