Relationships at work

Workplace relationships are common, given the amount of time that colleagues can spend together while at work.

However, a personal relationship at work can result in problems, and many employers choose to have a policy on relationships at work. These should strike a balance between employees’ right to a private life and the employer’s right to protect its business interests.

The policy could stress that employees must not allow a personal relationship with a colleague to influence their conduct at work, and include a requirement to disclose to the employer any work relationship that may give rise to a conflict of interest. Line managers can be given guidelines on managing personal relationships at work.


How to avoid Christmas conflict at work

December can be a busy and fraught time in the workplace. How should managers deal with the stresses and strains of the season and avoid conflict in the office?

Remote workers ‘should spend at least two days in office’

11 Nov 2019

A study finds that while remote working is linked to positive wellbeing, it has little effect on stress and productivity.

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McDonald’s CEO leaves firm after workplace romance

4 Nov 2019

Steve Easterbrook contravened company values with consensual romantic relationship with colleague.

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Future workplaces should offer an improved ‘human experience’

3 Oct 2019

Employers should think less about new technology and more about improving the “human experience” when considering the future of work,...

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What the Rugby World Cup teaches us about honesty in business

24 Sep 2019

As the Rugby World Cup gets under way in Japan, Dr Austin Swain examines the brutal honesty that exists in...

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Half of UK workers quit due to bad management

3 Sep 2019

Almost half of UK workers have quit a job due to a poor relationship with their manager, according to Totaljobs....

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Why check-ins are key to creating a healthy culture

7 Aug 2019

From employee engagement to workplace wellbeing, regular check-ins have a wealth of benefits for both employees and line managers, as...

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How a new conflict resolution process improved openness at Aviva

30 Jul 2019

While many organisations might be tightening up their grievance processes, Aviva is taking a more informal approach to conflict resolution.

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What risks arise from employee ‘tipping’ apps?

28 Jun 2019

Peer-to-peer “tipping” schemes are rising in popularity in the workplace, but these “recognise and reward” programmes should come with a...

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‘Black and white minstrel’ worker wins racial harassment appeal

31 May 2019

An employee who dressed as a “black and white minstrel” at a work Christmas party and sung a “racist” song...

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One in three say their employer won’t consider culture improvements

30 Apr 2019

A third of staff think their employer is “stuck in its ways” and won’t consider how to improve its culture...

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Three quarters of people want less physical contact at work

24 Apr 2019

Three quarters of UK workers (76%) want the amount of physical contact they experience in the workplace reduced, while 42%...

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Understaffing increases work-related stress, survey finds

16 Apr 2019

Colleagues, especially a lack of them or if they’re not pulling their weight, are the biggest causes of work-related stress,...

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Ted Baker revamps HR policies after sexual harassment investigation

12 Apr 2019

Ted Baker is bolstering its HR policies to ensure acceptable workplace conduct following an investigation into “forced hugging” and other...

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‘People wouldn’t admit they worked here’: Transforming Morecambe NHS trust

3 Apr 2019

Furness General Hospital hit the headlines in 2013 following a number of tragic baby deaths in its maternity unit. Ashleigh...

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