Sarah, a 30-year-old graphic designer, met Matt through a colleague at the imaging tech company where they both worked."I didn't really notice him at first because he had a beard, and beards weren't my thing," she says.
But a lot of companies don't let the rank and file decide--they adopt policies that ban or limit workplace dating--all in the name of lowering liability.
Enforcing these policies can take their toll on a company. Earlier this year, Best Buy's chief executive, Brian Dunn, stepped down after an investigation by the board discovered he had shown "extremely poor judgment" with a 29-year-old female employee.
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.
Logic tells you your romantic involvement will impact your coworkers directly.