More employees finding romance in the workplace


holding handsCHICAGO — Romance in the workplace is becoming more common, according to CareerBuilder’s annual Valentine’s Day survey.

The survey found 41 percent of workers have dated a fellow employee. That’s the highest percentage since 2007 and up from 37 percent last year.

About a third of those romances have led to marriage.

Of those who have had an office romance, 29 percent have dated someone in a higher position than them, which is a more common occurrence for women than men — 33 percent versus 25 percent. Fifteen percent of workers who have had an office relationship said they have dated someone who was their boss.

Here are some other highlights from the survey:

  • 38 percent of people who’ve had an office romance had to keep the relationship a secret at work
  • 21 percent said what someone does for a living influences whether they would date that person
  • 7 percent said they currently work with someone they would like to date this year
  • 5 percent of workers who have had an office relationship said they have left a job because of an office relationship gone sour

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder among 3,411 employees ages 18 and over (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government) between Nov. 16 and Dec. 6, 2016.

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