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.
Hospitality, Financial Services, Transportation and Utilities, Information Technology, and Health Services all topped the list as having higher than average office dating.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.Think of it this way: Is the potential relationship worth risking your good job or name?" 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.Chas Rampenthal is general counsel and vice president of product development at Legal Zoom.