It will be good for your career if it works out and you end up in partnership but while there is a power difference there are likely to be problems.It can damage your prospects – this is the case whether the relationship is successful or not.
As owners, both of you are responsible for setting the tone for the organization and for modeling behavior expected of all employees.
Your partner’s expectation that you will now supervise his love interest isn’t coming from a place of leadership or ethical awareness.
Once you are an adult a potential relationship with your boss may not necessarily have the same forbidden quality, but it is something you should consider very carefully as it could have long term consequences on both your careers.
Here we look at the pros and cons: You already have a strong shared interest – this is often why people develop feelings for their boss, there is a sense of teamwork and unity when you are pulling in the same direction and working for the same company.
This can work the other way too and they think that you only work as hard as you do because you want to impress the boss.
Company policy – Some companies actually have a policy to deter relationships between bosses and workers from arising and you may both find yourself on the receiving end of disciplinary procedures if your relationship comes to light.
I told him I’d check with our attorney about potential legal issues, but I’m concerned that this is an ethics minefield. A: There are numerous ethical issues involved in an owner or CEO or, really, any manager dating an 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.
Given the current job market it is a good idea to check the company’s policy and put the welfare of your career and position ahead of any feelings you have for one another unless you are sure they are serious.
If it’s more than just a crush – The best thing you can do if you are serious about pursuing a relationship is to look for a new job before anything happens between you.
When a supervisor dates an employee it is never a private matter.