Because I have been married to the founding physician in our group of seven for over 30 years, I really cannot be objective, but I feel we have worked out the difficulties, mostly because I am harder on my husband than the other physicians.Two of our physicians are married to each other, so their interoffice romance has flourished and produced two more children since they joined the group.
Red light: Take control It’s not if it happens but when.Roughly 40% of employees in all industries polled have been involved in an office romance.The Dark Confessions of a Human Resources Professional Before I proceed any further on the subject, I feel that I have a confession to make — I met my husband at work.It’s with a very cheeky pride that, when asked where I met my husband, I reply that I got him at Sears (lifetime guarantee, right? I have no idea if they had an interoffice romance policy on dating in the workplace, though I’m sure a corporate entity such as Sears did, this particular unit was a lot of college kids working their way through school.In healthcare, it may be even more, given that most medical practices are less formal.
Additionally, results have proven that a romance between a physician and an employee hurts practice productivity and may mean significant financial risk if there is a contentious breakup.In a client group, I had to be the one to discuss with a physician that he was placing the entire corporation at risk by continuing the relationship.Corporations make the parties involved sign a very detailed waiver that prohibits either party from filing sexual harassment claims or wrongful termination.Once the employee transferred, the relationship ended. I don’t like to think of other scenarios that another employee could have seen and complained about, etc.The employee who told me was just “making me aware” and did not witness anything personally.That’s not exactly a group that HR is going to pin down for “love contracts”.