Chain’s Decision Reminds Boards, Executives, Workplace Dating Fraught With Risk
Like many HR staff, we’re pouring another cup of coffee while we Monday morning quarterback the weekend’s news from McDonald’s that the board ousted CEO Steve Easterbrook for conducting what is described in the press as a “consensual relationship” in the workplace. The board asked for Easterbrook’s resignation despite his success leading a turnaround after disappointing financial returns in 2015. McDonald’s Chief People Officer also left the company for undisclosed reasons.
Why HR Struggles With Workplace Dating
Despite all of this, a company’s human resources department often struggles with how to manage and respond to executive/subordinate relationships, particularly when they involve charismatic, successful leaders with strong ties to their boards of directors and deep support among shareholders.
What Companies Do About Workplace Dating
You know we’re going to say it, so put down that mug of coffee and start reviewing your policies. Also, get ready for upcoming compliance changes with amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act (effective January 1, 2020) that expand anti-discrimination protections to virtually every employer with as few as one worker and that require employers to provide annual sexual harassment prevention training. This new harassment training requirement is just one of several changes to plan for in 2020. To learn more about this and other legal changes to prepare for, read our article here.