One of my LI connections shared this story with me.
Years ago, she interviewed and was hired for her dream job.
She was reporting to the VP.
After starting, she quickly realized, the VP had a “very close” relationship with a junior team member.
There was a lot of one-on-one, private time between the junior team member and VP.
A lot of flirting.
The perception by the rest of the team…inappropriate for the workplace and it was causing friction.
My connection decided to have an honest conversation with him about it (only 3 months into the job).
At first, the VP was shocked to hear that was how the relationship was perceived.
However, he admitted that it had started out as frequent coaching because this junior team member needed more direction.
He admitted the lines had become blurred with flirting.
He was receptive and said he would fix it.
I think it was brave and caring for my LI connection to have an honest conversation with him about it.
I think the VP made a good choice when he decided to be open to receiving and truly listening to the feedback.
I think he needs to be more self-aware about putting himself or direct reports in these types of situations in the future.