Interoffice dating rules
Workplace friendships flow naturally into personal lives.
Company employees may date, develop friendships and relationships both inside and outside of the workplace as long as the relationships do not negatively have an impact on work.
They adversely affect the careers of both employees with regard to advancement opportunities, choices of jobs, and assignments.
They adversely affect the company's flexibility and consequently, may have an impact on our service to customers.
These relationships make sense because the commonalities that coworkers share such as proximity to the workplace, shared interests, similar ages, children about the same age, the actual work and customers, and similar incomes, encourage friendships and potential romantic relationships.
With so much in common, friendships and romantic relationships are a natural outcome of the environment.
For example, in an email, sent by a reader, a woman worried that she could no longer participate in friendships with her coworkers that she had developed over several years if she accepted a promotion.