Conflict of interest dating in the workplace
If I've changed it too much from your original question, feel free to edit it further or roll back the changes. Dating subordinates is almost always a bad idea, except when it's a great idea. Other employees may end up resentful and there will be a drop of productivity if so.
Likely you will treat her differently than the others such as giving her information that she in her current position should not have, refusing to see her performance problems, etc.
I run a small company and am wondering what the consequences are of starting up a romantic relationship with one of my employees, and how it will affect my business and relationship with other employees.
I know romantic relationships with people who work under you are discouraged, however Hi Dave, I've modified your question to address the concerns raised by @Chad, and have voted to reopen it. They met and started dating when she was studying under him. They probably broke all sorts of university regulations and crossed a bunch of boundaries. Like everythign else in life this is a riks/benefit tradeoff.
This is no dating game—the relationship, whether or not they stay together, could wreak havoc on your culture and company.Relationships by family, marriage, domestic partnership and/or similar personal relationship shall constitute neither an advantage nor a disadvantage to selection, promotion, salary, or other conditions of employment.The University will exercise sound business judgment in the placement of relatives, domestic partners, significant others and/or similar personal relationship in accordance with the following guidelines: Case recognizes that at times, employees and their “family members”, “domestic partners”, “significant others” and/or “personal relationships” may be assigned to positions that create a coworker or supervisor-subordinate relationship.The university strives to be a family-friendly workplace and is committed to maintaining an environment in which members of the university community can work together to further education, research and community service.This policy provides guidelines for family members, domestic partners, significant others, and/or similar personal and consensual relationships, in the workplace.
He says that since both parties are single, and the relationship is consensual, it’s a private matter.