Long hours lead to more office romances

Britain’s
long hours culture is leading to more office romances, with relationships often
beginning in the canteen and even the lift.

A
poll of 9,000 workers shows people are just as likely to meet their partner at
work as in a bar or through friends.

One
in five office relationships begin over after work drinks or through working
late together, 10 per cent start in the canteen and one per cent in the lift.

Most
people who strike up a relationship at work are reticent about telling
colleagues, according to the research for online recruiters Fish4jobs.

Psychologist
Professor Robert Edelmann said: "Longer working hours means the workplace
provides the major opportunity for us to meet others.

"As
well as shared interest in work, people in the same environment often share
other interests as well as certain personality characteristics."

By Paul Nelson

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