Single and working : a content analysis of workplace romance policies

Date of Award


Degree Name

M.A. in Communication


Department of Communication


Advisor: Jon A. Hess


Workplace romances are becoming more prevalent in the workplace, resulting in the need for further exploration of the way in which management is responding to them. The purpose of this study is to examine workplace romance policies. To do so, a thematic content analysis was conducted. Nine categories were identified across 23 policies from various types and sizes of organizations. One of the most prominent findings was that many organizations are recommending employees communicate with their superiors in order to develop greater understanding of expectations. Results showed that consistency across organizations was lacking, suggesting need for further investigation into how policies are perceived by employees.


Sex in the workplace, Interpersonal relations, Personnel management, Communication in personnel management, Communication, Workplace romance, policies, organizational culture, interpersonal communication, content analysis

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