I am looking for some advice. I have been with a company (Dallas, TX) about a year and they have not had HR before. The company is small (50ish) employees and family owned. It's a manufacuting enviornment with only a handful in the office area. Most employees have been here more than 15 years+ - we even have two employees that have been here over 50 years and a handful that have been here over 30 years.
One of the issues that keeps popping up is "who is sleeping with who" - this is an ongoing issue and it affects everyone - even I am being accused of making decisions based on who I am "messing with." Just to highlight the rampentness of the situation - One day for lunch the CEO/President asked the accountant and I to go out to lunch - the accountant couldn't go, so the CEO/President turned to me and said, "Well we could go by ourselves, but we'll be dating by the time we get back. It's probably better for you if we have someone else with us." Keep in mind, both of us are married.
We are getting ready to have annual reviews (for the first time EVER, they have never done any kind of performance review for any employee) and I'm getting nervous about how this will play out with the supervisors giving feedback to their employees.
We are also starting to discipline more (there was no procedure for this before) and when we do - whoever is in the room together is accused of "sleeping together."
If I even start to bring up discussion around the topic - all I hear is "well this has been going on for 60 years" or "it's a small company." For a while I just gave up and figured after I had been here a while, and people trusted what I was trying to do, that would be a better time - but I've found even myself in conversations that were totally inappropriate.
Any help would be appreciated!