How, exactly, are millennial women supposed to devote themselves fully to both their job and their relationship(s)?
Playing musical chairs with direct reports does not solve the ethical issues that come with this interoffice romance.
As owners, both of you are responsible for setting the tone for the organization and for modeling behavior expected of all employees.
First, you need to make sure the employee is truly in the relationship by choice—that she hasn’t felt pressured.
She needs to know that her interests will be protected.
And when romance blooms at the office—especially with the boss—it’s disruptive to other employees, triggering questions about fairness, favoritism, transparency, credibility and accountability.
The distraction can tear at even the most cohesive group.
Lines between professional and personal lives are blurrier than ever, partly for practical reasons — even post-recession, most of us are still — and partly for cultural ones.
At thriving creative and tech companies, where employees are given dormlike amenities like yoga classes and cocktail hours, it seems almost silly to draw the line at dating.
It is possible that both will agree to stop dating in order to preserve their work relationship and maintain goodwill with the rest of the company staff.