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Three-in-Ten Workers Who Had Office Romances Married Their Co-Worker

Three-in-Ten Workers Who Had Office Romances Married Their Co-Worker, Finds CareerBuilder.co.uk’s Valentine’s Day Survey
- Forty-eight per cent of workers had to keep their relationship a secret at work -

Love is in the air and it’s wafting its way through the office. Forty-six per cent of workers said they have dated a co-worker at least once over the course of their career 19 per cent reported dating co-workers at least twice.  Thirty per cent said their office romance led them to the altar. This is according to CareerBuilder.co.uk’s office romance survey of 100 workers across the UK conducted by Consumer Analysis Limited during January 2012.

How Many Dated the Boss?
While the majority of relationships developed between workers in comparable job levels, 43 per cent of workers who dated a co-worker said they have dated someone above them in the company hierarchy, and 26 per cent admitted to dating their boss.

Where Do Office Romances Begin?
Social settings outside of the office were cited most often in regard to workers connecting on a romantic level.  Simply working together (46 per cent), company party (13 per cent), followed by late night working, happy hour after work, at lunch and on a business trip were among the most popular catalysts for dating co-workers.

Are Relationships Better Kept Secret?
More than half of workers who have had office romances said they were open about their dating situation in the office.  However, 48 per cent reported they had to keep the relationship under wraps.

“Whether you’re dating someone higher-up or a colleague at the same level, office romances are always tricky,” said Rosemary Haefner, global vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “First and foremost, it is important to know your company’s office dating policy.  Remember to stay professsional and draw a boundary line between your personal life and the workplace.”

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