After all, the workplace is where most people spend the majority of their waking hours.
But, when those co-workers are in a manager/subordinate relationship, the problems can be even more pronounced.
In fact, some organizations have policies that prohibit these types of relationships.
According to Vault.com's 2010 Office Romance Survey, almost 60 percent of respondents admitted to having participated in some form of workplace romance.
Manager/employee dating, in particular, may be prohibited by policy so it is always a good idea to check with the HR department or take a look at the policy handbook to see what rules your company has. In 2008, more than 13,867 sexual harassment claims were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
More than 70 percent did not have formal written or verbal policies dealing with romantic relationships.However, the numbers changed sharply when the dating relationship changed from being between co-workers to being between manager and subordinate--80 percent believed that relationships between superiors and subordinates should be prohibited.Even in environments where relationships are permitted in the workplace between managers and subordinates, those involved in these relationships need to maintain a professional distance while on the job.Not all relationships last forever, of course, but if and when the relationship between manager and subordinate ends, the work relationship may need to continue.That can be uncomfortable for both parties as well as for co-workers. Her work has been published in "Entrepreneur," "Complete Woman" and "Toastmaster," among many other trade and professional publications.She has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Arts in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.You can damage your career and work relationships by the actions you take and the behaviors you exhibit at work.No matter your education, your experience, or your title, if you can't play well with others, you will never accomplish your work mission.Effective interpersonal work relationships form the cornerstone of success and satisfaction with your job and your career. They form the basis for promotional opportunities, pay increases, goal accomplishment, and job satisfaction.The Gallup organization studied indicators of work satisfaction.They found that whether you have a best friend at work was one of the twelve key questions asked of employees that predicted job satisfaction.