Relationships between employees often cause problems for businesses. And in the MeToo Era, employers should be especially cautious. Office relationships may seem cute, especially on this most romantic of holidays. Relationships between employees often cause problems for businesses: favoritism, harassment lawsuits, conflicts of interest, gossip, toxic work environments… things can get ugly in a hurry when a relationship turns sour.
Gossip -- arguably a favorite "sport" in our society -- ranks right up there with football and basketball for things we like to talk about. And, even better, it's never out of season. One of the most common gossip topics in the Army concerns the perception of proper and improper relationships. Soldiers and leaders often discuss terms such as fraternization, inappropriate relationships and prohibited relationships interchangeably; causing plenty of confusion. The Army has recently released an update to Army Regulation , Army Command Policy, which better defines these issues for leaders and Soldiers. The changes took effect on Nov. AR , paragraph , defines relationships between Soldiers of different ranks and seeks to clarify proper personal and professional relationships within the Army.
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April 2, -- I want to discuss some things of equal importance and that is senior-subordinate relationships. Bottom line is that nine times out of 10, sexual harassment and other leadership issues resulting in Uniform Code of Military Justice action stem from senior- subordinate relationships. So what is this animal and how do we define it' Well for one, do not confuse this with fraternization under Article of UCMJ.
According to a study by online dating site eHarmony, more people meet their spouses at work or school than anywhere else. In fact, some high profile couples -— Bill and Melinda Gates, for example -— began their romances in the office. While some companies are lax when it comes to relationships outside of work, others strictly prohibit off-hours fraternization between employees. In an era when sexual harassment is a real concern for organizations, the notion of two employees dating each other does have potential for some tricky policy questions. Some argue that if both parties are in a consensual relationship, what they do on their own time has no bearing on the company and should not be prohibited.