Assignment 1: Consensual Relationship Agreements Case Study
Professor George Reeley
BUS 520 – Leadership and Organizational Behavior
January 27, 2012
Argue For : Consensual Relationship Agreements in the Workplace:
One great tool to use in the aid of controlling office romance are Consensual Relationship Agreements. Consensual Relationship Agreements or CRA’s are written agreements or contracts between employer and employees that detail the rules for workplace relationships. In most CRA’s they are making sure to have the employees agree to certain disciplinary actions and to acknowledge problems that can result because of their relationship. CRA’s are also used to decrease risk of sexual harassment. Usually the parties included must agree to a contract that outlines the following or some sort of this; Their relationship is voluntary and consensual, they agree to abide by the employers antidiscrimination , anti-harassment, and workplace conduct policies, they promise to report any perceived harassment to management, if it occurs, they agree to behave professionally and not allow the relationship to affect their work performance, they agree to avoid behavior that offends others in the workplace and they agree to not engage in any favoritism (Hellrigel & Slocum, 2010). These sorts of agreements are of great use in the workplace because they provide a set of rules for the employees to follow. As well as make sure that upper-level employees are not taking advantage their position or using it as leverage for the start or continuation of a romantic relationship.
Consensual Relationship Agreements are also a great resource because it allows the employees to do the inevitable and embrace romantic attractions while letting them know the consequences that will result if they do not follow company policy at the end of their relationship or because of problems caused by their relationship. Most Consensual Relationship Agreements outline what...