HR Strange But True!
February 10, 2009

Fifty-eight percent of workers admit that they have been involved in an office romance, according to a survey conducted by The same poll last year found that 46 percent of workers said they have had a workplace romance.

In this year's poll, another 12 percent of respondents said that while they have never had an office romance before, they'd be open to having one in the future. Among those who said they have had an office romance before, 49 percent said they would have another one.

Other survey findings include:

  • Twenty-one percent of respondents said they have dated a boss or someone they supervised.
  • When asked whether they have had a tryst in the office (either with a co-worker or with their significant other from outside of your workplace), 32 percent said they did.
  • The survey also asked respondents what happened to office romances when one or both of those involved were laid off. Fifty-five percent of respondents said the relationship ended. The other 45 percent said the relationship flourished.
  • Eighty percent of respondents said that the shaky economy makes them less willing to take romantic risks in the office.
  • Thirty-five percent of respondents said their employer had a policy on office romance.

Those who have had an office romance were asked whether they or their romantic partner eventually left the company, and the survey gave them four possible reasons for the departure. The most frequently cited reason for the departure was layoffs (39 percent), followed by the awkwardness after a breakup (26 percent), they didn't want to work together any more after the start of the relationship (26 percent), and a company policy forbidding office romances (9 percent).

The survey also asked respondents whether they had an office “husband” or “wife”-- that is, someone with whom they had a platonic relationship that involved hanging out in the workplace all the time together. Thirty-nine percent of respondents said yes.

Source: Vault

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