The risk rises when the two members of a couple are on different levels of the org chart.When you hire a lot of passionate, engaging people, a couple of them are bound to hit it off in a way that goes beyond their shared interest in the business.
A decade ago their romance would have been expressly forbidden.
(You know the old saying about not, um, where you eat.) But as more Americans postpone marriage until their careers are established—and as hours get longer, with smartphones blurring work and play—it makes sense that attitudes are changing.
"Older generations saw work as a separate place," says Renee Cowan, Ph.
D., an assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio who studies office relationships.
Global management and strategy consultant Kathleen Brush says when a company she’s working with doesn’t have a policy expressly forbidding superior-subordinate relationships, she lobbies hard to get one in place.