GEN 103 Week 5 Final Assignment – Annotated Bibliography

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Annotated Bibliography-Week 5-Final Assignment

GEN103: Information Literacy

Dating in the workplace can impact the business in many ways. It can make a company’s reputation look bad and can cause sexual harassment issues, lawsuits, and have negative impact with other employees in the organization. Although this is something that has happened for many years it doesn’t help even with having policies in place it can’t stop it from happening.

Jones, Kevin J. & Mainiero, Lisa A. (August 1, 2013). Academy of Management Perspectives:

“Sexual Harassment Versus Workplace Romance”. Vol. 27, No. 3,187-203 (189-190) http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/amp.2012.0031

The article provided detailed information on sexual harassment becoming an issue when dating in the workplace. Although it is not illegal many companies frown upon it due to the many issues that can arise. The first paragraph explained how a survey took place and many people said they didn’t have a problem with dating a co-worker they worked with and some didn’t like it due to violation of privacy and admitted that they have dated a co worker in the past. Some workplace romances work out fine and perform job duties better, but there’s the few that end up breaking up and cause retaliations. One might go to Human Resources to file a sexual harassment claim to get the other terminated causing investigations and updating company policies. This can also raise issues and concerns of favoritism, conflict of interest and other issues causing high turn over in the corporation. Maybe back in the old days it was easier to get over it but in today’s world and social media it can make a company look bad along with other issues with the couples involved or even with other employees causing rumors to spread.

This source helps address the impact of dating in the workplace along with the issues of sexual harassment, favoritism, and retaliation.

Wilson, Fiona (January 1, 2015). International Journal of Management Reviews:

Romantic Relationships at Work: Why Love Can Hurt” Vol. 17, 1–19 (pg.7-10) (2015)

DOI: 10.1111/ijmr.12034

The article by Fiona provided useful information on the good and bad of dating in the workplace. In her article she explains how many of the employees she spoke to provided negative feedback on dating a co-worker and the company does not take further action on the issue. Their concerns were the extended lunches and the job not being completed properly. If someone’s having a difficult day it causes a hostile environment for the other employees. Another research Fiona mentions that having a workplace romance can improve job performance and can be a good thing. When someone gets involved in a relationship at work they may not know the others intention. They might be married and have a family at home making it dramatic if the spouse finds out they can cause a big scene. Both articles provided similar information but different. Many employers have banned workplace dating to avoid sexual harassment and other issues from arising.

This source helps address the impact of dating in the workplace along with the issues of job performance, sexual harassment, and hostile work environments.

Gross, Barrie (1999-2018). Workplace Romances: Potential Risks for Employers

The web page article by Barrie Gross provided similar information as the other sources I used. The only difference Barrie provided data from surveys that were conducted in 2006. Although workplace romances can not be avoided it does offer ideas of what can done. A few examples mentioned was putting a policy in place about dating in the workplace, training staff on harassment issues and dealing with workplace romances and being prepared to act when policy is violated. And just like other articles it talks about favoritism issues, retaliation, and sexual harassment claims.

This source supports my research question and helps by providing detailed on information on steps that can be taken when policies are violated.

Soloman, Charlene (July 1, 1998). The Truth of Workplace Romance: Workforce, July 1998, Vol. 77, No. 7, pp. 42-50.

The web article by Charlene gives useful information and the article is a question and answer article. Mentions how the work environment can become uncomfortable place as well as going to the restroom. Especially when it’s the manager involved in dating an employee. This article also supports my research question and provides the pros and cons of dating in the workplace. It also affects productivity and other issues to arise to HR department.

This source is helpful as well even though it’s from 1998, it shows that dating in the workplace has been an ongoing thing and most of the time it cannot be avoided. But it can affect the company and lose money at the end.

Weiss, Donald H. (February 11, 1990). E-book: Fair, Square, and Legal: Safe Hiring, Managing, and Firing Practices to Keep You and Your Company Out of Court-Fourth Edition-Chapter 4, Pages: 86-88

The chapter I read in the E-book provided useful information. It mentioned how two employees worked together side by side and started dating at work. Shortly after they decided to get married. The company became aware and to avoid issues they decided to transfer the wife to another department since he was the newest one there. If she did not like the idea, then she would have to leave the company. The company ended up transferring her along with that they dropped her pay and position. Alice became upset and ended up suing the company. The company won and didn’t owe her anything. They explained to the court their reasons as to why they chose to separate them on the job. When couples work together they can be put in awkward situations and can make one or the other or other employees feel like there is favoritism going on. So, the companies reason behind it is pretty much common sense and they are just protecting the company’s reputations.

The e-book I selected supports my topic. It gave examples as to why companies choose to separate couples to protect the company and other employees in the organization. I also agree that companies can’t put a stop from this happening but keeping policies updated and addressing the issue as soon as possible can help keep the company out of court and issues arising.

Resources:

Gross, Barrie (1999-2018). Workplace Romances: Potential Risks for Employers

https://www.allbusiness.com/workplace-romances-potential-risks-for-employers-6630843-1.html

Jones, Kevin J. & Mainiero, Lisa A. (August 1, 2013). Academy of Management Perspectives:

“Sexual Harassment Versus Workplace Romance”. Vol. 27, No. 3,187-203 (189-190) http://eds.b.ebscohost.com.proxy-library.ashford.edu/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=18&sid=01067400-40d6-4747-a0d9-6b4f34fb0e2f%40sessionmgr101

Soloman, Charlene (July 1, 1998). The Truth of Workplace Romance: Workforce, July 1998, Vol. 77, No. 7, pp. 42-50.

http://www.workforce.com/1998/07/01/the-truth-of-workplace-romance/

Weiss, Donald H. (February 11, 1990). E-book: Fair, Square and Legal: Safe Hiring, Managing, and Firing Practices to Keep You and Your Company Out of Court-Fourth Edition-Chapter 4, Pages-86-88

https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.proxy-library.ashford.edu/lib/ashford-ebooks/reader.action?docID=3001766&ppg=273

Wilson, Fiona (January 1, 2015). International Journal of Management Reviews:

Romantic Relationships at Work: Why Love Can Hurt” Vol. 17, 1–19 (pg.7-10) (2015)

http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.proxy-library.ashford.edu/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=5&sid=46c793dd-b4d3-4727-b6f1-1b246b73c092%40sessionmgr4007




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