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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.
Her company had a strict fraternization policy that affected managers and supervisors that allowed no relationships with coworkers outside of the workplace.
The exception to this policy relates to managers and supervisors.
Anyone employed in a managerial or supervisory role needs to heed the fact that personal relationships with employees who report to him or her may be perceived as favoritism, misuse of authority, or potentially, sexual harassment.
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.
The fraternization that is prohibited by this policy includes dating, romantic involvement, and sexual relations; close friendships are discouraged in any reporting relationship.Don't put a policy in place to control the behavior of a few employees whose behavior is out of line.As a consequence of a too restrictive policy, fraternization policies that prohibit friendships and association outside of the workplace cause employees to deceive, lie and cover up.These relationships can result in charges of sexual harassment, even years later.
If a manager decides to pursue a close relationship with an employee, he or she needs to inform their manager and Human Resources immediately.As a person of integrity who had no intention of dumping her friends because of her promotion, she felt that her only option was to leave the company to seek promotional opportunities elsewhere.