Office romances aren’t the problem (Editorial)

Relationships between bosses and their reports leave the organization vulnerable to lawsuits and affect employee morale
By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/25/2005

Office romances are a fact of life in the 21st century, says recently fired City of Toronto bureaucrat Pam Coburn.

Coburn is involved in a workplace relationship that made national headlines and put the issue of office romances on many lips — which is too bad because office romances are not the problem here.

While Coburn, and many media outlets, cite statistics that 58 per cent of Canadians say they have been involved in an office romance and 22 per cent met their spouse at work, Coburn was pursuing a relationship with her second-in-command Joseph Carnevale. And that changes everything.