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Survey: One in four office romances involves a superior

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Survey: One in four office romances involves a superior

Happy Valentine’s Day?

What do Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Brad Pitt have in common? All met their significant others at work.

They're also far from alone. According to HR firm CareerBuilder's annual Valentine's Day survey, 37% of workers have dated a coworker, and 33% of those office romances have led to marriage — on par with last year's findings.

Of those who have had an office romance, nearly 1 in 4 (23%) have dated someone in a higher position than them — a more common occurrence for women than men (26% versus 20%). And as if dating a superior wasn't risky enough, 17% of office romances involved at least one person who was married at the time.

But are these employees breaking the rules? More than 2 in 5 employees don't know whether their company has a dating policy in place.

More than 2 in 5 employees don't know whether their company has a dating policy in place.

Playing it Cool 
To keep it professional, some are keeping their affairs hush-hush. One third of workers who have had an office romance had to keep their relationship a secret at work, which can be easier said than done. More than one 1 in 4 workers who have had an office romance have run into co-workers while out with their office sweetheart (10% pretended they weren't dating, while 17% admitted to it).

But even the most secretive of office romances may not be so secret after all: 65% of employees say they're confident they know the relationship status of everyone in their office.

Among those who have had an office romance, more than 1 in 10 say their trysts began late night on the job. The next most popular place for amore to bloom was happy hour after work (10%), followed by chance meetings outside of work (10%), and lunches (9%). Nearly 1 in 10 workers who have had an office romance (9%) claim they fell for their workplace loves at first sight.

Lust, Love and Heartbreak 
About 1 in 5 employees say what someone does for a living influences whether they would date that person, and 18% say they're attracted to people who have a similar job as them.

Unfortunately, not all workplace relationships end happily ever after – and some result in more than heartbreak: 5% of workers who have had an office romance say they have left a job because of an office relationship gone sour.

To keep a meaningful relationship at work without the romantic spark, nearly 1 in 10 (8%) employees are playing it safe and say they have a platonic office spouse.

 

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