Thursday, 9 February, 2012 12:33 PM
One-Third of Workers Who Had Office Romances Married Their Co-Worker,
Finds Annual CareerBuilder Valentine's Day Survey
One-in-Five Have Dated the Boss
at the Workplace
CHICAGO -- Love
is in the air and it's wafting its way through the office. Thirty-eight
percent of workers said they have dated a co-worker at least once
over the course of their career; 17 percent reported dating co-workers
at least twice. Thirty-one percent said their office romance led
them to the altar. This is according to CareerBuilder's annual office
romance survey of more than 7,000 workers nationwide conducted by
Harris Interactive© between November 9 and December 5, 2011.
How Many Dated the Boss?
While the majority of
relationships developed between workers in comparable job levels,
28 percent of workers who dated a co-worker said they have dated
someone above them in the company hierarchy, and nearly one-in-five
(18 percent) admitted to dating their boss. Women were more likely
to date someone higher up in their organization – 35 percent
compared to 23 percent of men.
Have the Most Romance?
Hospitality leads the
top five industries for office romances, coming in significantly
higher than the national average:
- Hospitality –
47 percent dated a co-worker
- Financial Services
– 45 percent
- Transportation &
Utilities – 43 percent
- Information Technology
– 40 percent
- Healthcare –
How Much Does Your
Job Factor into Your Love Life?
More than one-in-four
workers (26 percent) reported that what someone does for a living
influences whether they would date that person. Five percent of
workers said someone broke up with them because either their job
required too many hours at the office, they didn't make enough money
or the person didn't like their line of work.
Do Opposites Really
While the majority of
workers tended to date people in different professions or functions,
nearly one-in-five workers (19 percent) reported that they are more
attracted to people who have a similar job.
Where Do Office Romances
Social settings outside
of the office were cited most often in regard to workers connecting
on a romantic level. Running into each other outside of work (13
percent), happy hours (12 percent), lunches (11 percent) and late
nights at work (10 percent) were among the most popular catalysts
for dating co-workers.
Better Kept Secret?
Most workers who have
had office romances said they were open about their dating situation.
Thirty-seven percent reported they had to keep the relationship
dating someone higher-up or a colleague at the same level, office
romances are always tricky," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president
of human resources at CareerBuilder. "First and foremost, it
is important to know your company's office dating policy. Remember
to stay professional and draw a boundary line between your personal
life and the workplace."
This survey was conducted
online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive© on behalf of
CareerBuilder among 7,780 U.S. workers (employed full-time, not
self-employed, non-government) between November 9 and December 5,
2011 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based
on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability
sample of 7,780, one could say with a 95 percent probability that
the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 1.11 percentage
points. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.
percent reported they had to keep the relationship under wraps.