Love Among the Cubicles
Love – like crabgrass – can bloom anywhere. And when, as in The Office, hormonally infused men and women work together in physically close proximity for hours each day, the workplace becomes a major incubator of lust and love. And when love – like crabgrass – fades and the subtle enticing aromas that draw us to it diminish, the bitter aftertaste it produces can poison the workplace for all involved.
In a delightfully clear and concise memo, attorneys at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP discuss the life-cycle of workplace romance. Citing a Monster.com survey that indicate half of all employees carry a torch for a fellow employee and half would consider a workplace romance, Stradley Employment & Labor Law attorneys enumerate the options available to employers when love – as it invariably will – erupts, and then tell us how to minimize the collateral damage when it disintegrates.
What I like best about this memo is its nonjudgmental and practical tone. As its authors point out, even Barack and Michelle Obama met in the workplace. He was a summer associate. She was his supervisor!