Supervisors dating subordinates
When Intel CEO Brian Krzanich stepped down from his role in late June after his past relationship with another Intel employee came to light, it seemed to signal a new era for the office romance.
The relationship, by Intel’s account, was consensual. It reportedly took less than a week for the company to launch an investigation by internal and external counsel and deem the affair a violation of Intel’s non-fraternization policy between managers and direct or indirect reports that had been in place since 2011.
Among companies that did have workplace romance policies, almost all—99%—indicated that a relationship between a supervisor and a direct report wasn’t allowed.
Forty-five percent had policies that banned romance between employees of a significant rank difference, and 35% prohibited relationships between workers under the same supervisor.
Research published last week by outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas found that companies with office dating policies have been clamping down on romance in the workplace.After all, there are workplace romance success stories.In addition to every day examples (you probably know of at least one yourself) there are high-profile ones.So against this more enlightened landscape, there’s the question of whether the movement has the potential to kill the office romance for good.“Oh no, I don’t think it’s ever going to die,” says Amy Baker, an associate professor who studies workplace romance at the University of New Haven.
Krzanich’s resignation, of course, occurred against the backdrop of the #Me Too movement and former Intel employees have suggested in press reports that it played a role in the matter’s speedy reconciliation.