You are the head of your department in a large organisation and have a good relationship with the majority of your staff. As restrictions ease, your team is slowly returning to the office in a new world after working from home for several months.
Since returning to the office on a regular basis you have noticed that a senior employee in a leadership role has been spending an increasing amount of time with a much younger member of your team.
There are a lot of coffee breaks together and they spend a considerable amount of time in one-on-one meetings. You’ve now started to notice a pattern of them occasionally being absent on the same day.
There is no direct reporting line.
What would you do?
- Is there a duty of care for you – as the manager – to approach the issue?
- Is there an obligation for the relationship to be disclosed?
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This dilemma was originally published in February 2020.