Archive for January 14, 2011

Canoodling at the council

January 14, 2011

Love over the laptop

Sometimes the news is sent just to make us happy.

And so it is with Fenland council who accidentally found themselves in the news last week. As the Cambridgeshire Times describes:

Kiss and tell is to become official policy for a council’s 700 strong workforce should they strike up a personal relationship with a colleague. Any employee embarking on such a relationship “must declare it to his or her manager in writing,” says Sam Anthony, head of HR at Fenland District Council.

This raises some silly questions:

1) What if you only went on one date with the person? Is that a relationship? Do you need to declare it? When does the relationship become subject to managerial scrutiny?

2) What if someone is having an affair with two people? That would put the manager being ‘declared to’ in a mighty awkward position.

3) What would the manager do the day after the Christmas Party? Is the declaration via e-mail? Would that amount of e-mails be too much to deal with?

4) If a manager fancies you is the best thing to do to tell them that you are dating someone else in the council? A shrug off has never been easier

And finally:

5) Would these disclosures be subject to the Freedom of Information Act?!?! If so, catching a workplace affair has never been so easy!

Most of all it is just a light-hearted way to end the week. If you have any more questions this raises please do add them below.