Dating ethics in workplace
For the purpose of this post, we’re going to let “dating” stand for anything from a one night stand to full fledge monogamous relationships.When done correctly and professionally, there is nothing wrong (from a legal or career perspective) with dating a co-worker.Non-work related factors – like sleeping your way around the block – can have an impact.If you’re going to date someone from work…keep both of your careers in mind. A lot of factors can come into play – what practice lines you’re in, the possibility of working together, and long-term promotion paths are just a few.However – at least from my observations – the majority of cases do not fall under this description. Your firm is not or the Casual Encounters section of Craigslist.Why it happens – Birds and bees conversation aside, I’m talking about why so many accountants hook up with one another. People talk – Newsflash of the day – your co-workers are a bunch of gossip mongers.
It’s not ethical, but when it comes time for reviews, managers and partners are human.And by grey area, I mean the “what the hell were you thinking” area. Why it happens – Birds and bees conversation aside, I’m talking about why so many accountants hook up with one another. People talk – Newsflash of the day – your co-workers are a bunch of gossip mongers.On paper, it makes sense – similar backgrounds and interests, close and frequent exposure to one another, the lack of time to spend with others outside the office, and of course your campus recruiting department did a kick-ass job when “randomly” selecting resumés. Again, some of this is due to the “work is my life” mantra.You might lose your individual identity, one that you worked so hard for.Everyone knows that the honeymoon period for any relationship is the most distractingly sweet phase, where one strays off from the present moment to indulge in fruitful daytime fantasy.
An area that I want to address is a topic that is otherwise whispered about or downright ignored by most engagement teams at accounting firms – dating in the workplace.