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Dating within the workplace

Encourage employees to disclose relationships of this nature and then have them report to other managers to avoid claims of favoritism or discrimination.

If a situation arose where a manager was dating a subordinate, staff shifts would occur so that the manager would no longer supervise that employee, Olson said. The moves would be made to minimize the conflict of interest and eliminate the power imbalance. Nor have there been any claims of sexual harassment, but Supertracks is prepared should an instance occur.

By fostering fair and open communication with employees, you can identify and handle any issues of sexual harassment and enhance the level of trust in the workplace.

REAL-LIFE EXAMPLE [top] With 100 employees and an office atmosphere built on teamwork, trust and honesty, Supertracks is reluctant to do anything that could destroy the workplace culture, said human resources director Kirsten Olson.

Both employees and managers received training about what sexual harassment is and what to do if it occurs, Olson said, adding that it’s important for the employees to know that they are protected and that managers are receptive to their concerns.

DO IT [top] Develop a policy that prohibits employees who are dating managers or supervisors from reporting directly to them.

Many variables constitute the legal charge and while not every inappropriate behavior or gesture is intended as sexual harassment, the perception or ramification of the action could technically fit the claim.

Sexual harassment can destroy the cohesiveness of a team and lower employee morale.

The exchange of ideas, shared creativity and the teamwork approach fostered in entrepreneur-based enterprises also promote closer connections and lasting relationships — sometimes romantic ones.