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Office Romance Policy

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Dr Diversity, Jun 30, 2005.

  1. Dr Diversity

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    Yes really, I have been tasked with writing this policy. Apparently it saves a lot of litigation when the romance ends. Has anyone got a policy that they would like to share with me. Feel free to PM me or even post it here directly if it makes you laugh. Take out any company names.

    Thanks
     
  2. Mep

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    we don't have one.......can't see why it's needed to be honest........how can anybody in an office romance litigate against their employer when it ends? I know us employers are to blame for everything these days and employees are untouchable but this seems even more ridiculous than usual.
     
  3. Dr Diversity

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    I know, I know but the boss wants one and who am I to refuse? It'll make for a bit of fun! :)
     
  4. Mep

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    but what is the reason for it?.........has he said what come back there can be on the company?
     
  5. Squiffy

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    I don't know of anywhere that still has them to be honest. I'd guess that any policy which forbade relationships between staff would be a breach of their human rights.
     
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    I would guess that the policy is to cover the after effects of a broken office relationship in situations where it does affect the company as it has been known in these situations that people will no longer speak to each other or worse and sometimes one of the "injured" parties can use his or her more senior position to make life difficult for the other party.

    You obviously haven't been watching Boston Legal on a Monday night where the James Spader character has the females at each others throats as the one that he has slept with is jealous of the one that he is currently sleeping with and the one that wants to sleep with him is jealous of both of the others :D
     
  7. mjn

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    I work for a major international law firm, and the amount of office shagging that goes on is unbelievable!!!

    Well, i suppose thats what happens when you live at work, and don't have a social life!
     
  8. Gary D

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    for a laugh - make it compulsory :D



    Gary
     
  9. Mep

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    :D that's where i've been going wrong then
     
  10. GaryB

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    Lucky sod!
     
  11. Squiffy

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    Not really. It gets very tiring when there is a waiting list of women wanting your body... :devil:
     
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    He thrust an article from an in flight magazine in front of me and asked 'where we were' on this one
     
  13. Gary D

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    what your letting managers read!! tut tut - they only break things when you allow them that kind of freedom. :D

    gary
     
  14. Mep

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    Oh well at least he has a good reason then ;) ...don't you just love knee jerk management
     
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    Ok, just checked our HR policies - doesnt appear to be anything on 'office romance' - possibly a good thing as my missus works for the same company (though different departments) and I know many more people who's other 1/2 also works for us.

    I would question if such a policy would actually be legally enforcable
     
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    Afternoon,

    You could always have the following as your Office Romance Policy:

    No sucking
    No f***ing
    No shagging
    No slapping
    No licking
    No kissing
    No touching
    No stroking
    No fondling
    No caressing
    No exchanging of bodily fluids
    No eating
    No drinking
    No talking
    No singing
    No humming
    No smoking
    No swearing
    No cussing
    No phones
    No play
    No porn
    No internet
    No e-mail
    No wages
    No life
    In fact, don't bloody bother coming to work here at all, because we're such a litigous corporation, who will happily sue the ass off of you for even the slightest indiscretion! :clap:

    That would probably cover it! :rotfl:


    Pooch
     
  18. GJC

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    MJN,

    I too work for a major US Law Firm, and have to agree with you!
     
  19. Mr.D

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    No Mingers
     
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    I'd hate it if policies like these caused our multifunction printer/scanner/copier to be moved, it makes work enjoyable seeing the lovely office girlies at it each day.

    Especially when they have to refill the lower paper tray

    :D
     
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    As I work from home I'm strictly against office romances :D
     
  22. Gary D

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    :rotfl: :rotfl: and Mrs G? how does she feel?

    Gary
     
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    Nothing wrong with "romancing" yourself. :rolleyes:
     
  24. Mep

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    except it makes you go blind :D
     
  25. Solomon Grundy

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    Office relationships are highly frowned upon where I work but that doesn't stop anyone...but what I found interesting when going through the paperwork was that I found this...

    "Compassionate leave on the grounds of bereavement may be granted, as unpaid leave. This tends to be restricted to immediate family although this is at the discretion of management."

    Very bad grammar to include the same word twice in one sentence!
     
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    Looking back through the thread it is interesting to note that no-one has a policy in place. Where does that leave me? I will have to draft in the legal team :(
     
  27. Mep

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    sometimes in documents like that it can't be avoided if 'leave' is a 'defined term' you can't call it something else for teh sake of better grammar. :)
     
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    maybe tell your boss don't need one....unless of course he is shagging around! :D
     
  29. Solomon Grundy

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    I meant that "this" was used twice in the second sentence...but I am more amazed that I am allowed to be upset if I lose my wife, brothers and parents but not at the expense of the company...
     
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    Well I assume it means that the 'restriction' is at the discretion of the company so depending on your 'relationship' with your line manager you might get a week off when your pet hamster (or equivalent) dies.

    We don't have a relationship policy either. Maybe it's because all the women in my office are ugly and the men are even uglier.

    I was presented with a ridiculous 'Internet and E-mail usage' policy shortly after joining. Apparently I was the first person to refuse to sign it but they haven't got a policy to tell them what to do about an employee who won't accept a policy!

    Good luck!
     

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