Having a significant other is a wonderful feeling (in most cases). This results in a desire to spend whatever time you can with him/her. While this is never a bad thing in your personal life, sometimes this translates to the desire to want to work at the same company and some couples do try to create that situation for themselves.
In another scenario, you may go into a company being a single person and then find yourself attracted to a fellow employee and this may lead to the starting of a committed relationship.
Whichever scenario occurs, the most likely outcome is that both you and your significant other try to keep the relationship a secret from your co-workers as you know it can spell disaster. This disaster may be policy related more than anything else as most companies have written rules that stipulate that no couple should be working in the organization.
Some people have just come to accept this, but others think that such a policy is unfair on the part of the company. You may think it’s not a very big deal, however, check out a couple of the main reasons that companies aren’t very big on couples. Be advised that there are more than those discussed here.
This one is particularly dangerous if your work in the same part of the building as your significant other or you must interact in the course of your duties. Think about the way average couples are. They are usually always making passes at or ribbing each other even when discussing the most serious of topics.
The problem here is that interactions may not be as they would with other co-workers, and this could lead to a decline in productivity on the part of the couple if one is focused on the other instead of the job. This worsens if both parties are distracted.
Furthermore, if the couple is going through the aftermath of a disagreement or a full argument, then the distraction factor may be heightened as many people struggle to isolate their corporate selves from their personal selves. This can lead to the choice to not communicate even if necessary, among other issues that could carry on until they have resolved their dispute.
Conflict of Interest
This is no doubt one of the biggest reasons companies come up with a relationship policy in the first place. When a business hires someone, it adds an individual to its workforce. The expectation is that as a member of said workforce, during the hours that an employee is compensated for, that employee is expected to prioritize his/her business functions and the interests of the business. This is supposed to be so until the allocated hours for work have come to an end and that employee leaves for the day. Even outside of work, employees are expected to not do anything that could hurt the company such as divulging sensitive information.
Even if it is just for the sake of collecting a paycheck at the end of a recurring period, most employees achieve this easily even if the interests of the business do not align with those of a co-worker. This is not necessarily the case with persons in a relationship as even in the world of work, the sense of allegiance that is implied by being in a relationship takes priority over business interests in many cases.
The result of this is that even when it is at the detriment of the business, the possibility exists that couples may do what is best for each other in the workplace.
Most companies have outlawed relationships in the workplace altogether or they have put in contingencies such as written waivers to cover themselves if certain situations should arise. Whatever the case is most companies are not big on couples working together and the information above tells why this is so.