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The Management of Workplace Relationships In recent years the corporate workforce has become more diversified in gender race ethnicity and sexual orientation As a consequence the workforce at most major corporations is now more reflective of the general population than it was in the past Yet the issue of diversity in the workplace is often not addressed or in some cases overlooked by management Of particular interest is the management of interpersonal relationships of both heterosexual and homosexual employees in the workplace In a prosperous economic climate corporations are often forced to compete for qualified employees Many corporations have attempted to attract such employees by offering benefits that meet their lifestyle needs Some examples of such benefits are on-site daycare and the recognition of same sex couples in terms of benefits Benefits of this nature project an image of the corporation that emphasizes acceptance and fairness These characteristics are highly valued by prospective employees and are one of the primary factors considered when choosing between competing offers From a management perspective the interpersonal relationships of employees is a delicate issue that requires attention Management must recognize that the workforce is a diverse ever-changing entity To that end management must assess the lifestyle needs of the workforce and integrate that into the corporate policy in such a way as to not adversely affect other areas To accomplish this management must constantly evaluate and evolve corporate policy to address the issues that will undoubtedly arise The effective management of interpersonal relationships is intrinsically complex From an organizational level it requires a corporate policy that defines what it considers a workplace relationship and specifies guidelines regarding what is and is not acceptable behavior First and second level managers are then required to implement the corporate policy on the frontline Also of concern is the method if any of enforcing such a policy The complications of workplace relationships are varied There
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