Professor John Mitchell
BUS 520 – Organization and Leadership
October 30, 2012
This paper will discuss Consensual Relationship Agreements in the workplace. Within the paper, I will argue for the use of CRAs in the workplace by explaining the benefits. I will also present a counter argument against the use by explaining the cons. Ethical principles and other options are also discussed.
Argue for the use of Consensual Relationship Agreements (CRAs) in your current (of future) workplace. Office romances are almost inevitable when you place people with the same interest together for more than 40 hours a week. These relationships may form between co-workers on the same level, as well as subordinate and manager. Let’s think about this. What happens if this relationship ends on bad terms? The subordinate can state that they were coerced into the relationship. This situation will definitely be a liability to company, opening it up to litigation concerning harassment. In order to mitigate this situation, it would be beneficial for a company to consider having Consensual Relationship Agreements (CRA). A CRA is a written contract in which the parties involved acknowledge that the relationship is consensual and voluntary. The parties understand that they have to remain professional and not allow the relationship to affect the performance. They also agree to avoid behavior that offends others in the workplace and to report any perceived harassment to management. The development of a well drafted agreement will assist in eliminating sexual harassment and favoritism allegations in the workplace, as well as limit the liability a company may face. CRA’s may appear intrusive, so it is up to the employer to detail the how it will benefit all parties. The employer must explain that this...