The policy may also state that you expect staff members to behave in a professional manner while dating.
If romance becomes sexual harassment, supervisors should know what to do to take immediate action -- this can be a legal hotbed, so training should be significant and cover all bases.
Make sure your employees are aware of all rules and policies regarding workplace romances as well.
Policies are developed to guide employees in creating a legal, ethical, harmonious workplace, not to control the bad behavior of a few.
You might consider a policy that prohibits supervisors from dating any employee who reports directly to him or her.
Your organization will not tolerate sexual encounters and sexual behavior at work.
Spell out the consequences if the romance is negatively impacting the workplace.
Almost half these policies – 45 percent – forbid romances between employees of significantly different rank. Many organizations forbid intimate relationships even outside supervisory relationships.
Thirty-three percent of organizations forbid romances between employees who report to the same supervisor, and 12 percent won’t even allow employees in different departments to date.
Other studies have reported a higher level of productivity from dating couples at work.
And yet, an SHRM workplace romance survey found in 2013 that 42 percent of companies had developed a formal, written, workplace romance policy.
One SHRM study found that only 12 percent of the surveyed organizations provided training to managers and supervisors regarding how to manage workplace romances.