Office courtships may be stemming from current workplace crushes. Ten percent of workers currently work with someone who they would like to date, with more men (14 percent) than women (5 percent) reporting they would like to do so.
Workers aren’t just interested in dating their peers. Among workers who dated a co-worker in the last year, thirty-four percent admit they have dated someone with a higher position in their company. Of those who have dated a higher up in the last year, 42 percent have dated their boss; female workers more so than males, at 47 percent and 38 percent, respectively.
"Employees spend many hours interacting with co-workers, so it’s not unusual for romances to spark," said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder.com. "While workplace relationships may be more accepted these days, with 72 percent of workers saying they didn’t have to keep their romance a secret, it’s still important for workers to keep it professional and not let their relationship impact their work."
Twelve percent of workers reported that their relationships started when they ran into each other outside of work. Some other situations where office romances found their spark included:
Workers provided the following top five examples of the most romantic things they have done in the office:
The survey also showed the repercussions of workplace romance, with 7 percent of workers saying they have left a job due to an office romance.
This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder.com among 8,038 employees (employed full-time; not self-employed; non-government) ages 18 and over between November 12 and December 1, 2008 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset of U.S. employees, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 8,038 one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 1.09 percentage points, respectively. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.
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