by Professor Binna Kandola OBE
Originally published: February 14, 2017
There was much discussion recently when it was reported that robots are now being designed with the capability to mimic human emotion.
While some question the desirability of this, I thought that it was a refreshing change from usual management practices which seem to want humans to behave more like robots.
This is most apparent in organisational approaches to romance in the workplace. In many organisations, any sort of romantic relationship is viewed as a perplexing, potentially troublesome disruption to the work routine.
HR managers are especially wary, with up to three quarters of them anticipating that workplace romances will end up in a complaint of sexual harassment. This has resulted in calls for more policies on workplace romances, which have been dubbed “love contracts”.