Many workplaces are tight-knit groups of people that spend well over forty

Many workplaces are tight-knit groups of people that spend well over forty hours of their lives together on a weekly basis. It is natural for feelings to arise between two people when in such close proximity to one another for such a long duration. As a former manager I do not have any issue with two people who work at the same company from dating one another. There will be certain rules that will be implemented to avoid any sexual harassment and displays of public affection.

First, a document would need to be signed by both parties that absolves the company of any liability if the relationship does not last, or one of the participants is fired. This document would also protect the company of any accusations of sexual harassment in the workplace between the two participants. Protecting the company, its employees, its assets, and its stakeholders is the first priority of such policies going into place. Next, neither one of the participants can be the direct subordinate of one another. Direct supervisors dating a subordinate could lead to preferential treatment and potential sexual harassment in the workplace that is not supported by our firm. Lastly, both participants would need to renew their training on workplace sexual harassment immediately and renew semi-annually thereafter.

The signed document is not to deter relationships forming in the workplace. We understand that love can happen at any moment. However, in respect to Utilitarian ethical principles, we want to maximize the welfare and enjoyment of the workplace for all of our employees (Doolittle, 2022). By following the policy put into place, we can confidently say that all of our employees and stakeholders will have a safe place to work, while being able to foster relationships that may last a lifetime.