Workplace relationships 'acceptable' to bosses

25-07-2006

Having a relationship with a colleague is no longer the taboo it once was in British businesses, according to new research.

The survey by the Aziz Corporation found that around 83 per cent of bosses found it acceptable to look for a future partner at work.

More than half of bosses said that they believed that it was not an abuse of power to have a relationship with a more junior colleague, while 73 per cent thought it was acceptable to have a relationship with a colleague of the same seniority.

In fact, 29 per cent of bosses admitted to having been involved in a long-term relationship with a colleague, while 35 per cent said they had had a 'fling' with someone at work.

"It appears it is now acceptable to mix business and pleasure, reflecting the fact that you are likely to spend more time with your colleagues than with your family or friends," said Professor Khalid Aziz, chairman of the Aziz Corporation.

"The shared intensity of the workplace has, for a long time, acted to ignite passions and with our culture of long working hours, this only looks set to continue."

However, the study revealed confusion due to increasingly blurred boundaries in workplaces, with 69 per cent of those surveyed agreeing that life was less confusing when people just shook hands.

Around 52 per cent of women and 30 per cent of men said that they had had to turn down the unwelcome advances of a colleague or client.



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