High number of office romances indicates need for fraternisation policy

More than four in 10 (43%) employees have dated someone in their office at least once during their careers, according to a survey.
One in five workers also said they went on to marry a colleague and 12% said they would like to date a current colleague, the survey of 420 workers by CareerBuilder.co.uk  jobs website showed.
Almost one-third of workers also admitted to dating a senior-level colleague, with one in five women dating their bosses, compared with just 5% of male workers dating female managers.

Rosemary Haefner, vice-president of HR at CareerBuilder.co.uk, said:  “Forty-five per cent of workers report an increase in their workloads resulting in spending longer hours with colleagues, which could lead to more office romances.

“It’s important to remember that even if both sides are willing participants, office relationships could have repercussions. Policies on office romance vary from company to company, and it’s the responsibility of individuals to know where their employer stands.” 

Infidelity also appears to be an issue in the workplace, with 30% of male workers and 22% of women admitting to dating a married colleague.

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