Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Monday, February 14, 2005

Happy "Holiday Invented By A Greeting Card Company", Make That, Valentine's Day

If you are not as cynical as Jim Carrey's character from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, you are probably celebrating or planning to celebrate or wishing you were celebrating with that special someone. Of course, it also day that lends itself to love at work related stories, and since that's what I write about here, work that is, here are a few of the stories that may or may not make you think twice about what happens at work.

The Christian Science Monitor, To date, or not to date, talks about the problems when a relationship goes sour between workmates. The World Peace Herald offers the following: Advice: Think before asking co-worker to be your valentine and features this quote, "Office romances are not generally good for your career track. Executives who are serious about their careers need to think about business first; courting Alice in accounting isn't the best way to maintain that killer instinct." Not much doubt about the general tone of that article.

Referring to sexual harassment as the "evil twin" of office romance, the South Bend Tribune offers a look at both the positives and negatives in Mixing business, pleasure. And finally a look from abroad, Scoop, an Auckland, NZ publication offers Love around the water cooler with some questions and answers from the Trades Union Congress, which includes this worldy viewpoint, "Everyone’s entitled to a private life and having an affair with a colleague is not normally a sacking offence."

Whether you found your Valentine at work, or elsewhere, or are still looking, Happy Valentine's Day.

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