Anti-nepotism policies are fairly common in the workplace, though their limits can vary widely. For example, many employers permit spouses to work together, provided they are not in a direct supervisor-subordinate role. Other employers focus not on curtailing romance at work but on the working relationship of any familial relations, such as parent and child. How effective these policies are seems to remain an elusive statistic, though, especially due to the fact that office romances often begin and end without the knowledge of management.
The Vault’s recent survey on this topic included some very revealing statistics. Here are a few of my favorites:
Have you ever been involved in an office romance?
Does the shaky economy make you want to take more romantic risks at the office, or less?
Have you ever dated your boss or someone you supervise?
Have you ever known a married co-worker to have an affair with someone at the office?
The Office Romance survey also provides statistics on office trysts, business-trip liaisons, and other salacious stories. We always say, employment law is really all about sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll. And this survey may just prove it!