What’s happening at McDonald’s should serve as an important lesson for many employers. In the past two weeks, it was reported that its CEO resigned or was terminated (depending on what news outlet you read) because he exercised “poor judgment” by having an affair with a subordinate. McDonald’s is facing a brave new world without its CEO with the added expense and distraction of defending new and outstanding sexual harassment lawsuits. What lessons can be learned?
In my management training I have been very direct with executives – do not date people in your division or line of report. Full stop. I now have many clients who – like McDonald’s – have enacted polices that prohibit workplace romances.
Why are these policies good and why should you consider one? Several reasons: workplace romance is often a distraction to the business; it takes up time; it causes resentment and jealousy, and it is simply bad for business.