This perception of favoritism, whether legitimate or not , can have a devastating impact on a small firm's productivity and underlying health.
Office romances between peers in a business—whether they are partners in a business or entry-level employees—do not have the same perils as do boss/subordinate relationships, but they are obviously not without risk.
Romances that end badly can result in strained office atmosphere, loss of productivity, and even, in some cases, the departure of valued employees.
Most people—small business owners, managers, and employees alike—enter into office romances in the hopes of building a long-term relationship with the other individual, and in some instances this can actually take place.Mainiero, author of Office Romance: Love, Power, and Sex in the Workplace, noted that larger societal factors also have come into play.One reason for the increase in workplace romance, she contended, "concerns security, old-fashioned comfort, and safety.As one executive told Mainiero, "You don't turn off your feelings of sexual attraction just because you're walking through an office door.We are all human, and our hormones don't shut off between nine and five." Each office romance is unique, but in general, business consultants and social scientists point to several basic types, each of which have are likely to have a different impact on business operations.