Last post December 23, 2006 05:11 AM by vishalb. 1 repiles.
The latest trend in the corporate world is issuing dating allowance to employees. This is done to encourage inter-personal relationships and even nuptials within the organisation. According to Mr Sanjeev Kataria, group executive VP, NIIT, "The philosophy behind the initiative is to show that the company wants to participate in the lives of its employees. We take on the role of the family and help the employee move to the next phase of his or her life, which is marriage." There is also a practical reason behind the initiative. As per adman Mr Prahlad Kakkar, "With high-pressure jobs, employees spend a lot of time together. They are thus attracted to each other, so this does make sense." 1] Is it right for a company to get in the lives of its employees? if yes then to what extent?
2] Is the company going to offer all kinds of support and solutions to the problems which may arise due to this?
3] Will the company be liable for its action?
These are a few questions which we need to address. Looking for expert views!
The company has already got into our lives from the moment our job requires us to spend most of our time at office thus finding very less time family or friends. And hence when you don't find time to go out meet people etc. etc., it becomes close to impossible to find the right kind of person to date with outside your office world. You become a frog in the well as far as people and relationships are concerned. If the company wants to take on the role of the family it means that they do realize the fact that they are making it difficult for the employee's actual family to be a part of his or her life, and thus volunteering to become a step - family. Then why only dating??? they can choose to be a part of many other things too. Dating is a very personal thing and no family or company encouraging this can take up any responsibility for the any sort of a thing which it will result in. Any problem that may come up has to be solved by the concerned parties themselves, irrespective of who encouraged them to date. And my god the amount of problems with this kind of relationships that arise are so varied, so unreliable (don't know when they will patch up) and so confusing at times. So it becomes difficult for us to even list the responsibilities the company can take. But there are many a questions which arise. What does the company mean by dating allowance is it time or money or both? Is it given to employees who only date with collegues ? What about married people who would still not mind going on a date?( one must understand that they too get very little time to spend with their wifes and husbands and there are equal chances of them being attracted to their collegues as well).
Dear friends,There can be no problems with allowances like this if the HR is sure that they have recruited mature people in their organisations. The companies may offer marriage anniversary allowances for married people to ensure that there is no discrimination.