Policies are developed to guide employees in creating a legal, ethical, harmonious workplace, not to control the bad behavior of a few.
Respondents to the SHRM surveys who discouraged or forbade dating in the workplace cited concerns with potential sexual harassment claims, retaliation, claims that a relationship was not consensual, civil suits and workplace disharmony if the relationship should end.
Depending on the discretion of the dating couple, gossip in the workplace can become rampant and disruptive.
They also worry about losing valuable employees who might seek employment elsewhere if the relationship ends.
People who work together also tend to live within a reasonable dating distance, and they see each other on a daily basis. In early SHRM surveys, 43 percent of HR staff said that they had experienced office romances in their workplace.
In other surveys, 55 percent of the HR professionals who responded said that marriage is the most likely outcome of the office romances they experienced.