Manager/employee dating, in particular, may be prohibited by policy so it is always a good idea to check with the HR department or take a look at the policy handbook to see what rules your company has. In 2008, more than 13,867 sexual harassment claims were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.When a supervisor is dating a subordinate, other workers might claim that the subordinate received preferential treatment in job assignments or pay raises, says a partner with the labor and employment practice of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham. After all, the workplace is where most people spend the majority of their waking hours.
Even if Megan had no problem with your short relationship, somebody else might.
Another employee could claim that they weren't treated as well as they should have been on the job because unlike Megan, they weren't sleeping with the boss.
The Society for Human Resource Management and Career conducted a Workplace Romance survey in 2006 and found that only 9 percent of the HR professionals surveyed indicated that dating among employees was prohibited in their organizations.
More than 70 percent did not have formal written or verbal policies dealing with romantic relationships.
Whether or not you and Megan decide to start dating, the wind shifted when you and she hung out that one time.
Maybe that was a sign for you -- a sign to take stock and decide whether this job is still in line with your path. I'm just reminding you how these things always go in the real world.
If you manage a team in your next job, don't go out to bars after work with your team members.
If she says "That's okay Tyler, I had a great time and I hope we can go out for real sometime" you can say "I would be totally into that Megan.
However, the numbers changed sharply when the dating relationship changed from being between co-workers to being between manager and subordinate--80 percent believed that relationships between superiors and subordinates should be prohibited.