Speaking Point: The recent announcement by David Letterman has brought inter-office relationships to the forefront. As these announcements become more common we become more and more desensitized to these types of actions.
Inter-office relationships can cause a complicated set of issues for the boss, the employee and the office environment as a whole.
Speaking Point: The boss having a relationship with an employee is the most at risk of all working relationships. The boss loses credibility with the staff, loses effectiveness in the staff supporting the decisions that are made, especially as it relates to the employee they are involved with.
Speaking Point: For the employee it creates distrust with their peers, dilutes their effectiveness in their role and creates a high level of scrutiny about anything positive that might happen for and on behalf of that employee.
Speaking Point: Inter-office relationships can be messy. It is common when people work closely together that there are attractions, but when the boundaries that are implied between workers or boss and employee are blurred, the goal and agenda of the relationship ceases to have the original intention.
Speaking Point: You never know how and if the relationship and the blurred boundaries can interfere with business or personal goals.
Speaking Point: Other employees at the workplace need to focus on why they are there and keep themselves only focused on their job and job related communication. They need to stay out of the gossip and drama that might be unfolding because of the relationship. Employees are there to work, not gossip.