Dating subordinate work
But if your company has one, you want to know about it.
“I know that the last thing you want to think about is playing by the rules, but if your company has a ‘No Fraternization’ policy, you could get fired on the spot,” writes Marissa Levin, founder of Successful Culture, at . as the former CEO of a 21-year old company who has seen just about everything, the owners WILL find out.” It’s understandable if your first instinct is to keep your budding relationship under wraps.
The keys to a good relationship include communication, willingness to work on problems, and mutual respect — all things you’re likely to develop with your teammates at work.
It’s no wonder, then, that one-third of singles say they’ve embarked on an office romance at some point in their career.
Barbarian agency not only has a dating policy everyone signs and reads, but it also has a lawyer come in every six months to speak to the agency about sexual harassment in the workplace and how supervisors should not date subordinates.
This past Monday, RPA held a training around sexual harassment for all its officers that went over best practices for dating in the office.
At Interpublic Group agencies, such as The Martin Agency, R/GA and Mc Cann, all employees are supposed to abide by a code of conduct that threatens “disciplinary action” if employees do not report a relationship where one party has authority over another, according to an IPG spokesperson.
It’s questionable how effective the dating policies are at holding-company agencies.“Not that we have a large issue with dating, but we want to do everything we can to make sure we are protecting ourselves when it comes to situations that could open ourselves up to sexual harassment issues.” Other independent agencies that have dating policies are looking into aligning them with their sexual harassment policies.For instance, two months ago, one HR director said its agency changed its dating policy to include a reference to sexual harassment.Another agency employee said office relationships create drama and distract from work.The most common cause for concern is with manager-subordinate relationships, which is why at Omnicom agencies such as BBDO, DDB and TBWA, office dating is permitted as long as neither person has authority over the other.