BARCLAYS staff must declare all work relationships to their bosses, it has been revealed — as the #MeToo movement hits offices.
The bank has updated its code of conduct for employees — telling them to inform their line manager of “changes to personal relationships which may be relevant to their role”.
Office romances must be reported by Barclays staff, it has been revealed (stock image)[/caption]
It comes as companies battle to respond in the wake of sexual harassment scandals that have engulfed Hollywood and other major industries in the last year.
Barclays’ publicly available code The Barclays Way was revised this summer to include the new clause on workplace flings.
It reads: “All Barclays employees are required to inform their line manager or other appropriate contact of changes to personal relationships which may be relevant to their role.
“This is to ensure that Barclays is aware of any potential conflicts of interest that may arise and can manage these appropriately.
Barclay’s have publicly revealed that they require staff to reveal office flings[/caption]
“Personal relationships are defined as new or existing relationships or those which have previously been disclosed that have ended.
“They may involve colleagues, contractors, suppliers, customers or clients and their nature may be a marriage, a civil partnership, a romantic relationship, or a family relationship.”
The bank has had a strict rule on reporting office romances in place since 2005.
But the new code represents the first public acknowledgement that employees must declare their relationships to bosses.
Barclays says any relationship that could affect the company must be declared (stock image)[/caption]
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Other major banks like Merrill, Lunch, Foldman Sachs and the Bank of America also have so-called “love contracts” for employees.
But the move may be seen as an invasion of privacy.
And it could see romance dwindle in the UK — where many find their true love in the workplace.
As many as one in five married people met their future spouse at work, according to a survey by National Rail earlier this year.
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