Cultural attitudes toward workplace romances are shifting.
According to a 2010 survey conducted by Vault.com, a company for career intelligence, 60% of workers have participated in an office romance.
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, a small business owner overhears two employees discussing their upcoming date.
The business owner knows that office relationships can negatively impact the workplace.
The ethical dilemma introduced in this paper is a popular one: Dating in the Workplace.
It is an issue that has grabbed the attention of the media, and it has the power to ruin an organization if not dealt with correctly.
Organization leaders are responsible for creating a work environment that enables people to thrive.
If turf wars, disagreements, and differences of opinion escalate into interpersonal conflict, you must intervene immediately.
And, this kind of conflict can pose a challenge because employees demonstrate that they can't resolve it alone. Mediating a conflict is challenging, but as a manager or supervisor, the role of mediator comes with your territory.
Your willingness to appropriately intervene sets the stage for your own success.
You craft a work environment that enables the success of the people who work there. Conflict mediation is an example of practice makes perfect.
Not intervening is not an option if you value your organization and your positive culture.
In conflict-ridden situations, your mediation skill and interventions are critical.
A recent Workplace Options survey found that 84% of workers ages 18-29 say that they would have a romantic relationship with a coworker, compared to only 36% of workers ages 30-46 and 29% of Boomers ages 47 to 66.