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Managers' Perceptions of Workplace Romances: An Interview Study

Theresa J. Brown and Elizabeth Rice Allgeier
Journal of Business and Psychology
Vol. 10, No. 2 (Dec., 1995), pp. 169-176
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25092500
Page Count: 8
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Managers' Perceptions of Workplace Romances: An Interview Study
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Abstract

Although workplace romances occur frequently, no research has directly examined managers' perceptions of these relationships. In this study, managers (N = 30) were interviewed about workplace romances. Included in these interviews were questions about organizational policies regarding these relationships, knowledge of prior or current workplace romances, and reactions to workplace romances and the participants in those relationships. Managers also responded to 12 items designed to assess the effect of different characteristics of workplace romances on perceptions of the need for management intervention. Responses to these items indicated that managers were most likely to recommend intervention when the relationship occurred between unequal organizational status participants, and it was negatively affecting the work group. The hypothesis that women managers would respond more negatively than would male managers to workplace romances was not supported. Factors that may affect managers' reactions to participants in workplace romances are discussed.

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