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Romantic Entaglements & Employees

You are the acting manager for Targica Clothing Store. You have a lead manager in a romantic relationship with an employee. It has caused major turmoil in the office. You have to call them in the office so you can help them understand how their relationship is clearly a conflict of interest. How would you address this problem objectively? What strategies would you put in place to ensure this does not happen again in the future?

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I would call each employee into my office separately, beginning with the lead manager. To the lead manager, I would first discuss the nature of the relationship, listening to what the lead manager had to say. After hearing his or her explanation, I would discuss the impact of the relationship on the office as well as the issue of his or her fairness being compromised as a result of the romantic relationship. I would point out that even if his or her fairness does not seem compromised from his or her viewpoint, others in the workplace may certainly question treatment which may appear preferential. To this end, I would explain the need to make a change in the organizational structure since it would be unwise and unfair to allow the lead manager to be involved with one of his or her ...

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This solution discusses a situation in which you are the acting manager for Targica Clothing Store. You have a lead manager in a romantic relationship with an employee. It has caused major turmoil in the office. You have to call them in the office so you can help them understand how their relationship is clearly a conflict of interest. It discusses how address this problem objectively and strategies to put in place to ensure this does not happen again in the future.

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