Jodie Fisher Mark Hurd
August 9, 2010 by Post Team
Jodie Fisher Mark Hurd, As most readers know by now, Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd was dismissed last week because of ethics violations stemming from a relationship with actress Jodie Fisher. HP said its board determined that Mr. Hurd did not violate the sexual harassment policy, HP and Ms. Fisher said the two “never had an affair or an intimate sexual relationship.”
However, the fight serves as a reminder that the office’s relations can be fraught with landmines. Even strong flirtation between co-workers who fail to result in full-scale issues can have real and serious consequences – and can change the mood and the balance of the office. On the one hand, it may be difficult for co-workers to concentrate when two colleagues are engaged in flirtatious banter or making eyes at each other. And if the feelings change or are not fully matched with the couple, then the office can have high voltages.
Of course, many workers have taken office flirtations to the next level: 2009 CareerBuilder.com survey of more than 8,000 U.S. employees found that 40% have dated a coworker.
With so much potentially at stake, why so many people continue to apply these relationships? The romantic in me likes to think that maybe true love is at stake and that the couple consider carefully the consequences and decided to go for it. I know several couples who met at work, keep their romance out of sight in the office, and ended up marrying, without damaging their reputations or careers.
Also, for those of us who spend much time in the office, and who are “married to their jobs” the office would naturally be a place to meet someone to date. After all, where else are you going to meet someone if all of his time is spent at work? And many companies allow office relationships, provided that employees follow certain rules.
But the realist in me knows that many of these relationships are but one interesting quote, with ramps for the emotion of fear of being caught, especially for those who cheat on their husbands, as is apparently the case with a lot of high – Profile of the blow-ups.
Readers, have you or any of his colleagues had close to a strong office flirtation or romance in the office? How did the atmosphere at work? Do you know your employer’s policy is on this issue? What do you think of colleagues who have office?
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