Love is in the air

14-02-2007

Love is in the air
With today being Valentine's Day, it seems apt to reveal that office romances are still a part of every day working life.

According to CareerBuilder.co.uk, four in ten employees (43 per cent) questioned in a survey revealed they had been romantically involved with a colleague at some stage in their career.

The survey of 420 workers shows that a further two per cent disclosed their desire to have a fling with a current co-worker. It was also revealed that one in five workers went on to marry the person who they had conducted an office romance with.

Rosemary Haefner, vice-president of HR at CareerBuilder, 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."

Interestingly, a study by Office Angels has suggested that the majority of employees aren't in love with a colleague but are in fact in love with their work. The survey of 1,500 office workers found three-quarters of those surveyed said they "loved" their job.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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