Cupid Strikes… Work Suffers. How to Deal with Workplace Romance

cupid-622122_1280Mary and Bill.  They are employed by your organization and they’re swept up in their new-found love for each other.

You’re hot under the collar because Bill’s sales have dropped off and Mary hasn’t met the deadline on several projects.  You believe their romance is distracting them from their job performance.

How do you deal with this and similar situations?  Handle problem workplace romances in the same manner as you would any other personnel problem.  Meet separately with the individuals.  Outline the level of performance you expect from each of them.  Identify goals.  Arrange for dates by which you expect improvement.  Warn them if their performance doesn’t improve, they risk further disciplinary action, even termination.

What happens if Mary is your new sales manager and Bill is one of your sales people?  You receive complaints from other sales people suggesting Mary is showing favoritism to Bill.  You investigate and learn Mary and Bill are romantically involved.  Here’s what to do:

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