At some time during your working life, you may have dated, or even married, someone you met at work.If you haven't, then the odds are that you know someone who has.According to a Payscale office romance report, 15% of the 42,000 respondents said they would date someone they work with.
If she agrees that it would be best for her to move on, ask people in your network if they know of an equivalent—or, ideally, better—position at another company.
(But keep your clients and vendors off the list of prospects—that’s just another ethical mess waiting to happen.) Yes, your partner could take a leave of absence to pursue other professional options and remove himself from day-to-day business decisions, but that doesn’t sound like a good long-term fix.
So, from both the business and ethical perspectives—to keep your staff from getting distracted by a soap opera and to give the employee involved an opportunity to leave a complicated situation and come out even (or ahead) professionally—you should focus on separating the work and romantic relationships.
Once you have this situation sorted out, I recommend taking a look at the larger issue of interoffice romances.
"Another downside to workplace relationships occurs when a love affair dissolves.
You may still have to see or work with the person," says Pachter.And when romance blooms at the office—especially with the boss—it’s disruptive to other employees, triggering questions about fairness, favoritism, transparency, credibility and accountability.The distraction can tear at even the most cohesive group.Use the counsel of your attorney and HR expert to develop policies that reinforce the kind of work culture you are trying to sustain.When an owner dates an employee, it affects everyone and ratchets up the gossip mill—taking all eyes off the real business at hand.Q: My business partner is dating one of his direct reports.