As the old adage goes, “Don’t dip the pen in the company ink.”
McDonalds’ CEO Steve Easterbrook has been let go as the company CEO after it was discovered he was having a consensual relationship with another employee. Apparently, he violated company policy of executives dating subordinates. Easterbrook was a recently divorced man. Rules are rules, but do two consenting adults deserve to be punished by what they decide to do in their private lives? Far more elegant ways of dealing with such issues rather. Perhaps get his partner’s opinion? Will she be sacked?
What of the statistics?
According to Forbes,
“58% of employees have engaged in a romantic relationship with a colleague. A surprising 72% of those over 50 years old have been romantically involved with a coworker.”
“Almost half (41%) of employees don’t know their company’s policy regarding office romances.”
“Although 19% of employees admitted to stepping out on their partner with a colleague at work, a surprising 44% of employees have known colleagues who had affairs at work or on business trips.”
“most of those employees (64%) who had participated in an office romance kept it secret, and only 16% were comfortable enough to tell everyone including their superiors about their relationship.”
“18% of employees reported that they had a random hookup with a coworker.”
“Almost three in four (72%) would participate in an office romance again if given the chance.”
No doubt Maccas was looking to ensure it made a stand against possible #metoo cases against it. Best just ban it in its view…
The flip side was a recent survey since the #metoo movement that found,
This is what happened when feminist activism hit the workplace. It had the opposite of the intended effect.
Leanin.org has found in a survey it conducted that since the #MeToo movement took hold, 60% of male managers said they are now uncomfortable interacting with women at work – up 32% from 2018. Workplace interactions that men have become nervous about include mentoring, socializing and having one-on-one meetings with women.
Senior men who were also surveyed were 9x more likely to hesitate to travel with a woman and 6x less likely to have a work dinner with women.
Lean In’s founder and Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandburg said,
“The problem is that even before this, women – and especially women of colour – do not get the same amount of mentoring as men, which means we’re not getting an equal seat at the table, and, you know, it’s not enough to not harass us. You need to not ignore us either.”
Men are not ignoring you. Sadly when men can (and have) lose (lost) careers for unsubstantiated claims against them by women forgive them if they feel intimidated.
Who could have predicted this? Now it is men’s fault for not reading feminist minds on how they must act. Sandberg has an answer for that too,
“If there’s a man out there who doesn’t want to have a work dinner with a woman, my message is simple: Don’t have one with a man. Group lunches for everyone. Make it explicit, make it thoughtful, make it equal…Men need to step up. We need to redefine what it means to be a good guy at work.”
Maybe just let adults be adults instead of nanny-state intervention? How many people do you know that have ended up in a committed relationship from a workplace encounter? Bill Gates married one of his execs. Should he be retroactively punished for his galavanting with Melinda?
Recall the AFL bosses sacked for consensual affairs with staff. Not one of the parties every claimed there was harassment or any coercion.
Now Queensland Premier Anastacia Palasczcuk is demanding her ministers don’t drink at official functions. Seriously? Take serial offenders aside and address any poor behaviour but stop the nonsense about treating all of the adults like pre-pubescent kids.
Time for society to grow up and drop the control freakery of individual privacy.