And, managers should think long and hard about developing this kind of a relationship with a non-reporting employee because of the consequences noted above.
Anyone employed in a managerial or supervisory role needs to heed the fact that personal relationships with employees who report to him or her may be perceived as favoritism, misuse of authority, or potentially, sexual harassment.
Workplace friendships flow naturally into personal lives.
Families become friends through their work connection.
Any relationship that interferes with the company culture of teamwork, the harmonious work environment or the productivity of employees, will be addressed by applying the progressive discipline policy up to and including employment termination.
Adverse workplace behavior or behavior that affects the workplace that arises because of personal relationships will not be tolerated.
A manager or supervisor who dates or becomes romantically involved with an employee creates a serious problem for the company.