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Office romance not always a bad thing – Malaysia Chronicle – Tuesday, 14 February 2012 13:11

In 1% tricks and traps, bosses, conflict of interest, Ethics, intent on February 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm

WITH people clocking long hours at work these days, it is not surprising that some of them do eventually fall in love with their co-workers.

And unless one’s company has a strict no-dating policy, it would not be remiss of an employee to openly express romantic interest in his or her colleague, say human-resource (HR) and dating experts.

In fact, it is perfectly acceptable for an employee to present a bouquet of flowers – on special occasions such as Valentine’s Day – to his girlfriend at the office, said Ms Violet Lim, co-founder of dating agency Lunch Actually.

For those who prefer to stay low-key, sweet nothings can come in the form of online messages.

These days, most companies take a neutral stance towards office romance as people are spending more time at the workplace, which, as a result, has become convenient hunting ground for marriage mates, said Mr Josh Goh, assistant director of corporate services at staffing and HR consultancy The GMP Group.

“Employers are aware that a no-office- romance policy could be a bit intrusive and may have negative repercussions on its employer brand,” said Mr Goh.

“Most of the time, they would expect their employees to behave like adults and know where to draw the line between professional and personal lives.”

Human-resource manager Ivy Tan, for example, has witnessed her fair share of happy endings during her 11 years at a professional-services firm.

“It is common for team members to work till 2am or 3am, so they have limited time for socialising. It is very common to see them marry their colleagues, bosses or subordinates,” said Ms Tan, who now works for a Japanese firm dealing in printing and imaging products.

Companies usually have no issue with their staff members dating or marrying one another, she said. However, employees involved in office romance should take steps to protect their professional image, said Mr Goh.

In cases where the couple’s professional relationship is one of supervisor and subordinate, they should be mindful not to show favouritism towards each other, said Mr Goh.

Some companies require their staff to declare if their spouse is working in the same department or in the company, so that the management can decide whether there is a conflict of interest.

As for day-to-day behaviour, public display of affection is a big no-no because it could make others feel uncomfortable and tarnish one’s professional image, said the experts.

“The dating couple should be mindful that the workplace is still a place to conduct business and not a place to display affection openly,” said Mr Goh.

“Dating employees should not be exchanging confidential information about the company or colleagues.”

It is also good practice to keep the romance under wraps until both parties are certain that they are serious about the relationship, to avoid unwanted gossip and potential embarrassment when things do not work out, Mr Goh advised.

And should the romance sour, do not make irrational decisions like resigning without first finding another job.

“Employees should assess the circumstances, such as their career progression within the company, and the impact of the break-up. Resignation should be the last resort,” said Mr Goh.

Instead, speak to the immediate bosses about spending some time away from the office, or ask for a transfer to another department or location.

Said Ms Lim: “If all parties are mature, and can deal with office romance properly, one should not rule out the possibility of finding love at the office.”

-my paper

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Office romance is unprofessional, unethical, skews office politics with potential couple blocs. Do seek a new job in another company before embarking on romance by all means though. That is is ethical and principled thing to do. Any ‘aware’ bosses would fire the offenders. Do not mix work with pleasure because it results in psychic affliction (spirit sequestration) against non-couple workers in the office. That is also why pregnant women are fired, or put on extended unpaid leave. Same thing with religion and politics, which when mixed, results in Theocracy afflicting all non-religious citizens in a country and colouring policy in a way that can start wars due to ‘sensitivities’ which only a civil government can handle. This writer needs to stop pushing subtle agendas or if genuinely ignorant, grow up and learn about spiritual ethics or office politics. What is the writer trying to do, promote strife at the office? Promote nepotism?

Mean boss? Gently suggest a gym membership January 30, 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, 99%, boss, bosses, mean boss, media collusion, media sabotage, media traps, media tricks, voting methods on January 31, 2012 at 9:05 am

A study reveals that supervisors who make time for fitness make better bosses.

LOS ANGELES, Jan 30 – If a horrible boss is ruining your workaday life, a new study suggests that he or she needs little more than a moderate workout plan to improve office relations.

In the study, nearly 200 MBA students and their supervisors at two unidentified universities in the US completed questionnaires about lifestyle habits and workplace experiences.

Published in Springer’s Journal of Business and Psychology, subordinates reported less “abuse” from bosses who worked out regularly, while the more stressed a boss reported to be, the more his or her subordinates considered themselves abused.

The findings “add weight to previous research that showed employees generally bear the brunt of their supervisor’s workplace stress,” stated The Telegraph this week.

“This is the first study to examine how exercise can buffer the relationship between supervisor stress and employee perceptions of abusive supervision,” University of Northern Illinois researchers wrote in the study.

Past research also shows that your boss can not only impact your work day but your marriage as well. Research from Baylor University in the US suggests that people are more likely to report fighting or having feelings of irritation or resentment toward a spouse or partner if they also report having a demanding or difficult supervisor.

Other options rather than quitting? A British study reveals that telling your boss what you really think of them is good for your health – and helps managers improve.

Researchers presented their findings at a British Psychological Society conference, stating that firms should be encouraged to let employees regularly rate their line managers, to produce “happy, healthy, stress-free employees.” – AFP

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The media now colludes with industry bosses to weed out employees that do not like their bosses with this article. Bosses will doubtless be on the lookout for employees talking about gym memberships so DO NOT fall for it. Meanwhile vote for non 1% ters or non-bosses for political seats. Bosses will think like bosses and write policies that will be beneficial for 1% bosses, not 99% non-bosses.

Though of course don’t vote for overtly boss hating persons, or people who want to destroy industry on purpose so corporate raiders from other countries can take the country apart. Given the unbalanced representation now though, any non-bosses and non-plutocrats will be imminently votable. Bosses in government means the government will be writing laws that makes the 1%ter the 99%ter’s boss. And that means dictatorship.

So vote for as few bosses into government as possible or only for bosses that have a proven tract record of being nice people. Stay awya from gym membership discussions for now if you knwo whats good for you the non-bosses (aka employees – media is a terrible weapon and look out for other articles like this to decide which media portals are to be boycotted, such media portals are indirect saboteurs of the 99% and obviously are funded by 1% boss types!)!