Growth “Your Move — 5 Truths About Growth” I believe our economic well-being depends on increasing the number of growth companies.Growing companies create jobs, and jobs help create self-sufficient people in healthy communities.Office romances aren’t a business liability as long as there are policies and procedures in place to ensure that employees’ personal lives remain personal and their work professional.
Office management “Dealing With Personal Relationships at Work: Dating at Work” In the ever-busy world of entrepreneurial business, we are always at work or thinking about work.
Where else are we going to meet people who share our interests?
In the past five years we’ve seen it all — “roll-ups” (rapid-fire industry consolidations), “poof-IPOs” (companies that merge and go public on the same day) and corporate gigamergers (bigger than the mega ones of the ’80s).
Recently much of this has come to an unhappy ending.
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.
In this Quick-Read you will learn: Avoiding sexual harassment Flirtation becomes sexual harassment when employee A refuses employee B’s invitations or advances and B persists by asking A out again.
Sexual innuendos, jokes or inappropriate physical contact can also be considered harassment.
Encourage employees to disclose relationships of this nature and then have them report to other managers to avoid claims of favoritism or discrimination.
Evaluate the structure of your business, and identify areas of higher risks, in the event of a romantic relationship. Examples may be found on the Internet, from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in HR books, or you may even want to request copies of policies from other companies with whom you have contact.
That means any rules prohibiting dating in the workplace would actually destroy the positive feelings and relationships that have contributed to the company’s success.