SHOULD couples work in the same workplace? Often, this is not good for them because they can mentally and verbally “take work home” with them, talking about work in the home environment. The work-family balance is UNbalances in quite a number of such cases. It can be bad for the organization, too. If one of the partners/spouses quits or is fired, the other partner/spouse may quit, leaving the organizations with TWO jobs to fill rather than one…not a good situation for the organization.
Dating in the workplace can also be a terrible thing. Rumors, innuendos, and job security can ALL be applied in these cases. AND, if the couple breaks up, the break-up can put a strain on the work relationship as well as the effectiveness of the individuals involved. Again, if the “pressure” becomes too great, one member of the former romantic relationship might leave, and the organization is short an employee over what SHOULD have been kept outside the workplace doors. These are all issues that some of you will face in YOUR places as leaders or as employees and being aware of the potential consequences NOW is better than being ambushed later and not having a clue what is going on around you (or even WITH you).
With regard to couples at work, there was a saying in one of the early companies I worked as a General Manager in my 20’s. Our company had a pretty clear idea about managers dating the employees. “There are 4 million people in Phoenix. Half of those are women (or men, dependent upon the situation). 50 of these work for (our company name). That leaves 1999950. Date those 1999950 and leave the women (or men, again, dependent upon the situation) who work for us ALONE!” Generally, pretty good advice.