Rumours that one of the staff in our organisation is having an affair with another employee is causing concern to the manager of one of the parties. Both of the individuals are married and do not work in the same area. The manager is concerned on a number of fronts:
- the female is at a junior grade, whereas the male is a management grade, and
- the amount of time the individuals spend calling in and out of each other's offices during the day.
The manager feels this it is causing a disruption to other staff and it is becoming a talking point in the organisation. While the manager does not see his role as a moral guardian to either party and has no proof that an affair is taking place, all of the actions of both parties, and general rumour, indicate this is the case.
Is it in order to confront the parties on the issue or how should we proceed?