Intra office dating
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“There are certain things paper doesn’t help with, and this is one of them.” A Happy Medium?Members may download one copy of our sample forms and templates for your personal use within your organization.Please note that all such forms and policies should be reviewed by your legal counsel for compliance with applicable law, and should be modified to suit your organization’s culture, industry, and practices.A former neighbor and successful pharmaceutical industry CEO relayed recently he had been invited to speak at a large industry conference.Having dinner with the other presenters they suddenly realized that they were not talking about industry trends, data, competitors, or capital but rather the conversation revolved around people issues: office politics, star performers and their inter-office dating habits, personality conflicts, etc.