Personal relationships at work factsheet

Published on: 27/12/2023

Personal relationships among co-workers pose several risks to the business. They can lead to:
  • Interference or influence in day to day activities
  • Nepotism or favouritism
  • Breach of confidentiality
  • Unacceptable conduct
  • Personal conflicts in the workplace
  • Fraud
These risks are not limited to sexual relationships and apply to any close relationship, including members of one`s family, and can occur when the relationship exists wholly within the same organisation or where an employee of a customer, supplier or competitor is involved.