The exploding popularity of these sites has engendered a prurient interest in teachers’ “private” lives by both school administrators and the media.
After all, they’re on their own time and using their own resources. Thanks to Facebook and My Space, what used to be private is now very public.
And that’s the problem, particularly for young teachers: Some seem oblivious to the devastating consequences of posting really stupid things in cyberspace.
When someone’s behaving inappropriately or in a way that’s harmful to your organization, address those specific behaviors (i.e., the “trying to ensure they don’t have to take on extra work and having a counterproductive attitude to other staff” part of your letter).*While it’s generally legal in the U. to prohibit dating between coworkers or require one of the parties to move on if a relationship forms, there are a few state exceptions, such as in California, where courts have ruled that the state constitution provides broader privacy protection in employment matters).
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In our organization of 25 employees, there are two sets of couples.
Having couples on such a small staff is really counterproductive.
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Does that really not impact the morale and working relationships of the other person?
) However, while technically you could implement a “no dating” policy and tell people that they need to pick their job or their significant other, that would be a pretty crappy thing to do to couples who have been together for 10 years when you didn’t say anything at the outset.
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