You and your partner need to see your attorney as well as an HR expert, but first you need to have an owner-to-owner talk about leadership ethics.
This is no dating game—the relationship, whether or not they stay together, could wreak havoc on your culture and company.
Marissa Levin is the founder and CEO of Successful Culture, which helps CEOs and leadership teams master the three most critical aspects of business growth: leadership development, strategy formulation and execution, and organizational culture assessment and improvement.
You can't stop thinking about the person down the hall.
We all know that the workplace is a minefield for sexual tension.
Where else do you lock up people of the opposite sex for eight hours a day, and tell them to talk with each other but not touch?
Mixing business with pleasure is especially risky when you mix levels of seniority."You complete me..." you think to yourself, as you pull your car into the office parking lot. Proceed no further until you have read this blueprint for successfully navigating an office hook-up. So, yes this can work out for you, but it's important to play it cool--and smart. I know that the last thing you want to think about is playing by the rules, but if your company has a "No Fraternization" policy, you could get fired on the spot. as the former CEO of a 21-year old company who has seen just about everything, the owners WILL find out.(When your HR Director shows up at your house on a Friday afternoon, and says, "You may want to have a glass of wine with what I'm about to tell you..." you know it can't be good.And it is totally normal for people to tell you not to act on it.And it is totally normal to throw caution to the wind.