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Nearly One-in-Five Workers Have Dated Co-Workers at Least Twice During Their Career, Finds Annual CareerBuilder Valentine’s Day Survey

CHICAGO Feb. 10, 2011

Some workers are dating those above them on the office ladder.  When it comes to dating higher ups, women were more likely than men to date someone above them in their company’s hierarchy.  One third of women said they have dated someone who holds a higher position in their organization; 20 percent of men report they have done the same.

Rosemary Haefner

Some workplace relationships may have their beginnings in current workplace crushes.  Eight percent of workers currently work with someone who they would like to date, with more men (11 percent) than women (4 percent) reporting they would like to do so.

Twelve percent of workers reported that their relationships started when they ran into each other outside of work.  Some other situations where Cupid’s arrow flew between co-workers include:

  • Happy hour
  • Lunch
  • Working late at the office
  • Company holiday party
  • Business trip

Haefner offers the following tips for workers who may want to spark a workplace romance:

  • Know your company’s policy on office dating:
  • Social media – office relationship friend or foe?:
  • Keep the relationship out of the office:

The survey also showed the repercussions of workplace romance, with 6 percent of workers saying they have left a job due to an office romance.

Survey Methodology

between November 15 and December 2, 2010

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