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Godwin Igein


The Human Resources (HR) policy prohibiting marriage between coworkers contributes to employee attrition and an unhappy, demoralized, and unengaged workforce in commercial banks in Nigeria. Marriage between coworkers has resulted in forced resignations in commercial banks in Nigeria and employees' perception of being unfairly treated in their organizations. The purpose of this qualitative case study, based on the conceptual framework of organizational justice, was to explore how bank employees whose spouses resigned due to the HR policy prohibiting marriage between coworkers respond to this policy. Fifteen such employees participated in semistructured, one-on-one interviews, and 5 other employees participated in a focus group. Data were also collected from staff handbook, exit interview records, and staff attrition reports. Data were analyzed and triangulated to ensure trustworthiness of the findings. Study findings revealed that the HR policy prohibiting marriage between coworkers negatively affected employees' perception of being fairly treated, which consequently affected their morale, sense of commitment, and productivity. Results from this study may guide decision makers and leaders in the banking sector in Nigeria in formulating policies on marriage between coworkers that will not stimulate employee turnover, disloyalty, low morale, and low productivity. Increased productivity promotes wealth and reduced unemployment, which often results in positive social change. A continuous increase in productivity and profitability may lead to business expansion, which may also lead to more employment opportunities.