How in situations like this, or just between colleagues, can you prohibit relationships, even if those relationships could ultimately be problematic?
Cotton said most institutions don’t have a firm policies articulating these concerns.
But he said avoiding employee-supervisor relationships is certainly a “best practice.” (As a side note, Peter Capelli, the George W.
If someone raised the issue, Mc Cord added, “they would probably be counseled to take the same approach." In other words, the individual in the supervisory role should recuse himself or herself from oversight. Cotton, vice president of higher education for ML Strategies and a leading negotiator of contracts for senior administrators in higher education, said supervisor-employee relations are “never a wise course for people because you have disparity of power between you, and when there’s a breakup it could be alleged by the person being supervised that the supervisor did something wrong.” These relationships can be equally harmful to the subordinate, he added.
Supervisors have the ability to promote or demote, and they’ve also got a say in discussions about compensation.
Instead, experts said, best practices should be applied.