Your partner’s expectation that you will now supervise his love interest isn’t coming from a place of leadership or ethical awareness.When a supervisor dates an employee it is never a private matter.(Remember: that's what they're there for.) If you’re not careful, flirting could get you in real trouble, or even be considered sexual harassment.If things progress between you and a colleague down the line, be sure to speak up about your relationship if it’s what your company requires.According to a survey of roughly 2,000 people conducted by Mic, the third-most common way people find romantic attachments is through work.Another survey, conducted by Career Builder, revealed that at least of all working professionals have confessed to dating a colleague in the past. If I'm an omnivore and you are a raw vegan who only eats food he has personally foraged, it is just not going to work out. Men have had major wardrobe malfunctions on first (and second and third) dates with me, and it is just about the most distracting thing on this planet.
Asking about my food preferences before you plan our first date does so much to minimize surprises. I've spent many an evening wondering how you've managed to go all day with that tag stuck on your pants, your buttons not aligned, and mismatched socks.And both of you have similar fields of work which makes communication and compatibility so much easier to handle because both your interests and passions in life align along the same direction.But as perfect as the scenario may seem, is it all pretty and rosy?You and your partner need to see your attorney as well as an HR expert, but first you need to have an owner-to-owner talk about leadership ethics.This is no dating game—the relationship, whether or not they stay together, could wreak havoc on your culture and company.