Since you run this small company, this might not be a problem. a chance but it's a very small chance that things will not end up catastrophically for both or either of you.

A certain level of unprofessionalism will be displayed by one or both of you, which will disturb the workplace and might cause problems with your clients. Looking at the wording of your original question, I'm almost certain that you will display unprofessional behaviour and in turn cause disturbance in the workplace.

I know romantic relationships with people who work under you are discouraged, however It is a very risky business.

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Worst of all, the subordinate party may feel pressure to continue the relationship for fear of consequences in the workplace.

For that reason, most US companies prohibit romantic relationships between a supervisor and a subordinate.

The dating of employees within the company is usually allowed by a special dispensation from Human Resources after a consultation with lawyers. Because if you are in love and want to date and get married that will be great.

And usually involves some paperwork to protect the company from scenario I described above. But just "Romantic relationship which wont la(u)st long I won't recommend you to go on with such a decision.

How many of those relationships ended badly or turned ugly? Chances are, however you slice it, you are making a gamble and you do not have the edge.

Given that potential scenario the companies discourage dating in the workplace to the point of making it a cause for firing an employee. By falling in love / having romantic relationship (sounds cheap, I'm sorry if it hurts you) may end up losing your prestige, dignity, respect.

Because if they don't, and you approach them, the subordinate may rightly think that saying no could harm them professionally.

The reason why employer/subordinate as well as teacher/student relationships are frowned upon is they can easily be seen that the senior person is taking advantage of their position. Even mentioning that you had considered it can cause tension.

Try to think about all those decisions BEFORE you think about your situation. I'm surprised that no-one has cover the power differential yet.

How can you be 100% certain that your subordinate shares your feelings?

Even attempting to initiate such a relationship creates problems.