Informational Privacy: Dating at Work

Essay by agunnUniversity, Master'sA, July 2007

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In today's day and age it is becoming more and more prevalent that coworkers are becoming romantically involved. Is this alright or is this a problem? Should an employer have the right, morally, to say whether you can or cannot date someone that you work with? These are questions that we will address in the following paragraphs. The stance I take on this situation is I do think coworkers should be allowed to date, but with certain stipulations attached to it. Being that I am in the military my paper will show both sides of the coin, relationships in the service as well as out of the service.

A 1998 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management predicted that 55 percent of office romances would likely result in marriage, but that 28 percent of these office relationships may result in complaints of favoritism from coworkers, 24 percent in sexual harassment claims, and another 24 percent in the decreased productivity of the employees involved.

(Wilson, Filosa, & Fennel, pg 1&2). Statistics such as these have motivated employers to adopt prophylactic policies in an effort to avoid the potentially complicated and unsavory outcome or office affairs and to maintain a strictly professional work environment. (Pg 2). As you can see you never know what the end result will be when you have coworkers delve into a relationship, but I feel it is unstoppable when people are working longer hours and more days a week. Many companies tried to ban dating among their employees. Most have since abandoned that plan, because of legal restrictions and recognition of the inevitable. (Reh Pg 1). To alleviate headaches later on I feel it is the employer's job to lay down some general ground rules for those who date within the same company. I feel employers...