Consensual Relationship Agreements
Business 520: Leadership & Organizational Behavior
Dr. Adrienne Garabedian
October 30, 2012
Consensual Relationship Agreements are good in my future workplace because of the following assertions and facts.
The average employee spends forty or more hours a week at the workplace. In essence this is a considerable amount of time. Therefore, a common bond naturally occurs among employees. Men and women work side by side for extended periods of time. This has not always been the case. This closeness allows individuals to form likes and dislikes. Over a period of time working together, employees tend to create ...view middle of the document...
Common attributes of loss productivity may be seen through Absenteeism, excessive breaks, and tardiness. Fellow employees tend to lose morale, and managing by objectives is thrown out the window. When a romance specifically between a manager and a subordinate is seen visibly by the rest of the employees, those employees productivity will usually decrease.
Workplace violence is another reason CRA's are needed. When a relationship sours, many times, the disgruntled employee becomes disillusioned and distraught to the point of violent behavior toward the other person or other company employees. There are numerous incidents to report this. Workplace violence caused by jilted lovers is too prevalent in today's society. Sixty one percent of employers have experienced or see a need to combat violence in the workplace (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010 pgs 7-10). CRA's aren’t a cure all, but a step in the right direction.
Lastly, CRA's are beneficial to help prevent relationships based on exploitation. This is prevalent in the institutions of higher learning. This is articulated in two parts. The first directed to employee relationships before mentioned. The second to faculty-student relationships. The student teacher represents a special case, because the integrity of this relationship is of fundamental importance to the central mission of the institution (Duke University, pg. 1, 2002). The Penn State scandal is a recent and degrading example.
In exploring why individuals engage in workplace romances, theories of attraction play a vital role in explaining the development of romances, and social psychology points out the strong link between proximity, familiarity and attraction. The mere exposure effect (Zajonic, 1968), for example, suggest that individuals who work in close proximity to one another rare prone to developing interpersonal relationships more frequently than those who do not work side by side. Similar beliefs, attitudes, education, and background is the root of attraction between people. More women are now working side by side with men.
The conventional wisdom that work and sex, business and pleasure should be kept absolutely separate conflicts with human nature. So does it conflicts with the experience of thousands of Americans who are prepared to overlook the risks of the rewards. In the old days, the risks were considerable and employees frowned upon office romances. Now, although they may be officially discouraged, liaisons are increasingly tolerated as the powers that can learn that these relationships may be harmless and even beneficial.
With power redistributed in the American office, there's a brave new world of sexual options. As more and more women come to occupy positions of authority, they are acquiring a host of unfamiliar opportunities, many are taking advantage of them .Many women find it a thrill to behave as men have long done: to pick up a man purely on the...