Can I start an office romance while working from home?
Do the same rules apply about companies prohibiting workplace romances if the entire firm is now working remotely?
Huh? Are you contemplating a remote romantic relationship? Aside from that poetic alliteration, I’m not sure what you mean. If your employer prohibits employees from engaging in romantic relationships, you understand that doesn’t mean that they are prohibiting romantic liaisons just inside the office building, right? So whether you work in different locations, be it office or home, their policy applies. I do think this pandemic will cause many employers to rethink some of their work rules, but unless and until your company says it is relaxing this policy then you follow your heart with the risk of losing your job. But hey — finding love in the time of COVID may be worth it.
I have been in the process of getting a job with a company for two months. I’m now scheduled to meet a seventh person. At what point do you say enough is enough? I’m not interviewing to be the CEO, for crying out loud. I need to start working. Is there any way to politely suggest that we move this along?
The point at which you say enough is enough is when you no longer want to be considered for the job and take yourself out of the process. And no, there is no polite way to suggest that they move their process along. If you have another job offer, you can let them know that you need to make a decision and ask if their process expects to end within that time-frame. Otherwise, a company wanting you to meet more and more people is generally a good sign. It usually means they are definitely interested and being thorough. And the more people on board, the better for the new hire. The exception —and I have seen this a few times — is when companies are slow in making hiring decisions because they are indecisive. They love to date but hate to commit. Meanwhile, you’ve got nothing to lose by staying in the game until something better comes along.
Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a chief human resources executive. E-mail your questions to [email protected] Follow Greg on Twitter: @greggiangrande and at GoToGreg.com, dedicated to helping New Yorkers get back to work.
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