Flirtatious behaviour in the workplace is declining, according to recent research.
Euroffice.co.uk has found that of the 3,000 respondents to its latest poll, 70 per cent said they do not flirt in the office.
The author's of the survey suggest that social and legal measures may be behind the lack of office romance, as employees avert any activities which could be construed as sexual harassment or discrimination.
Increased use of the internet was also cited as a possible explanation, with some workers happier dabbling online than communicating with colleagues. However, the water cooler is still regarded as an ideal place to strike up conversation.
Euroffice's chief executive officer, George Karibian, commented: "This research, as well as high profile cases, has created a fraught environment in the British workplace. Work is becoming much more collaborative with tech advances in communication.
"People are working longer hours and typically spending more time away from family and friends and more time with colleagues making it only natural for men and women to be drawn into relationships - whatever the nature.
"However, this is countered by both legal and social pressures to keep relationships and flirting out of the professional business environment - creating a volatile mix in the office."