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D319. Personal Relationships at Work

Scope and Purpose of Policy

We recognise that, from time to time, close personal relationships may develop between members of staff and/or customers/clients/suppliers, etc.

While the Company realises that employees have a right to a private life and therefore does not discourage relationships between employees, such relationships can be troublesome where employees are unable to draw an important distinction between private and professional life.

This policy outlines the Company’s position on personal relationships between employees in order to ensure the Company’s interests are maintained at all times, while at the same time balancing the interests of employees. The policy places certain expectations on employees and their managers to ensure that no blurring of judgment or conflict of interest arises.

It also seeks to protect the Company and any employees in order to avoid any allegations of improper professional behaviour.

This policy should be read in conjunction with the Company’s policies on:


In the context of this policy, a personal relationship is defined as:

This policy applies to all employees of the Company. In relation to romantic/sexual partnerships, it applies to both opposite and same sex relationships.

Employees’ Responsibilities

In order to ensure potential conflicts of interest are avoided, employees are required to inform their line manager of any relationship which may affect their work or compromise the business in any way. Any such information will be treated in the strictest confidence. The Company fully acknowledges the right of employees to privacy in their personal affairs.

The following points should be observed.

Managers’ Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the manager of a team within which employees are in a personal relationship to take action to ensure the relationship is not the cause of a conflict of interest. Confidentiality must be maintained at all times if the employees do not wish their relationship to be disclosed. Specifically, the manager should:

Restricted Activities

A more senior manager will be responsible for the conduct of operational matters when a personal relationship exists between a line manager and a person for whom the line manager has responsibility. These operational matters are, for example:

Annual Leave Requests

Annual leave requests from all employees will be dealt with consistently. The authorisation of any requests from partners in personal relationships to take time off at the same time will be made in consideration with the needs of the business at the time, in the same way as requests from other employees.

Policy Breaches

The Company will attempt to deal with any difficulties caused by personal relationships in the workplace in a sensitive manner and an informal method will always be used in the first instance. However, where this does not bring about a satisfactory resolution, recourse to formal procedures, such as the disciplinary or procedure, may be required.

The Company may deem the following to be disciplinary offences:

Employees who are subject to disciplinary action may lodge an appeal to any sanction applied that they are dissatisfied with.

Employees who feel they have been treated unfairly in some way in connection with a personal relationship may raise a grievance in line with the Company’s grievance procedure if initial attempts at an informal resolution have not produced a satisfactory outcome for them.

Appendix 1

Strictly Private and Confidential

To be completed by the line manager

Name of employee:

Job title:


Name of other employee in the personal relationship

Job title:


Name of line manager completing the form:

Nature of relationship (tick as appropriate):

Note below any potential or foreseeable conflicts of interest and actions taken:

Potential or foreseeable conflicts of interest

Actions taken

Responsible Person: {{org_field_registered_manager_first_name}} {{org_field_registered_manager_last_name}}

Reviewed on: {{last_update_date}}

Next review date: this policy is reviewed annually (every 12 months). When needed, this policy is also updated in response to changes in legislation, regulation, best practices, or organisational changes.

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