If there are not policies, should there be set guidelines?
These are still questions that many companies are trying to answer.
And the frequency of office romance is increasing as workplaces become more accommodating and hunkered down employees find love amidst adversity.
The chance that you'll find romance at work increases if you work at a company with a strong corporate culture, such as Southwest Airlines (LUV), which reports that 2,328 employees have a spouse who works for the company.
While this may have dismayed managers 30 years ago, it’s a statistic that more and more organizations have learned to embrace.
Not only is office romance inevitable, there can be some fairly beneficial outcomes to both employee and organization when handled well.
But office romances can have plenty of pitfalls even if they succeed — which, of course, not all of them do.
Losee visited the Money Watch studios to discuss the dos and don’ts of office romance; you can watch the full conversation below.
But meanwhile, if you’re weighing a romance with a co-worker — or have already embarked upon one — read Losee’s tips for making your relationship a success without endangering your career.
Office romances are more common in recent years, in part because people are spending more time at the office trying to safeguard their jobs.
The most obvious downside to workplace relationships is that they can lead to sexual harassment claims, Pierce says, adding there have been more than 50 federal and state workplace romance-sexual harassment legal cases since 1980.