For example, their research helps us understand how people form attitudes toward others and, when these are harmful — as in the case of prejudice, for example — provides insight into ways to change them.Social psychologists study how social influence, social perception and social interaction influence individual and group behavior.Chas Rampenthal is general counsel and vice president of product development at Legal Zoom.
The opinions of others also affect our behavior and how we view ourselves.Social psychologists are interested in all aspects of interpersonal relationships and the ways that psychology can improve those interactions." While the answer to the first question is pretty simple, the answer to the latter is less obvious.The legal issue is what I like to call the "amplification" of potential liability that always exists around the employer-employee relationship.According to the Career Builder survey, some industries are more prone to inter-office dating than others.
Hospitality, Financial Services, Transportation and Utilities, Information Technology, and Health Services all topped the list as having higher than average office dating.
There are a few different ways to manage this liability.
When it comes to workplace dating policies, here are a few basic options: Generally, policies cover not only employees, but also contractors, vendors, suppliers, manufacturers, and the like.
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.
Even if it does not violate a written policy, your boss (the CEO or the board) might not care, and view it as a lack of senior management acumen.