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A Watercooler Made for Two: Romance at the Workplace

A WATER COOLER MADE FOR TWO ROMANCE AT THE WORKPLACE S: ee the fingers of two colleagues intertwine as they grab the same piece of paper from the printer, Smell the overpowering scent of cologne (or is that keyboard cleaner?) in the air. Hear the crunch of candy hearts as they slip underneath polished work shoes. Yes, February is upon us, and we're experiencing workplace romance at its finest. But just how many co-workers are passing around "Do You Like Me?" notes at company meetings in hopes that their cube crush will turn into a bona fide beau? Let's get to the heart of it. FROM DATING TO "I DO" 38% 17% THIRTY-ONE PERCENT said their office 17 percent reported dating co-workers AT LEAST TWICE of workers said they have dated a co-worker at romance led them to the altar. 31% least once over the course of their career. WHO'S THE BOSS? SOMETIMES, YOUR SOULMATE. WOMEN WERE MORE LIKELY TO DATE While the majority of relationships developed between workers in comparable job levels, SOMEONE HIGHER UP IN THEIR ORGANIZATION 28 PERCENT OF WORKERS WHO DATED A CO-WORKER SAID THEY HAVE DATED SOMEONE ABOVE THEM IN THE COMPANY HIERARCHY. 28% 35 percent of women Nearly one-in-five (18 percent) compared to 23 percent of men ADMITTED TO DATING THEIR BOSS. AN EXTRA DOSE OF HOSPITALITY Hospitality leads the top five industries for office romances, coming in significantly higher than the national average: HOSPITALITY НОTEL 47% FINANCIAL SERVICES 45% TRANSPORTATION & UTILITIES 43% INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 40% HEALTH CARE 38% percent based on respondents who replied that they dated a co-worker "IT'S NOT ME-IT'S YOU" LOVEBIRDS OF A FEATHER 26% of workers reported While the majority of workers tended to date people in different professions or functions, that what someone does for a NEARLY ONE-IN-FIVE WORKERS living influences whether they would date that person. (19 percent) reported that they are more attracted to people who have a similar job. KISSING AND (NOT) TELLING OF WORKERS SAID SOMEONE Most workers who have had office BROKE UP WITH THEM because 37% their job required too many hours at the office, they didn't make romances said they were open about their dating situation. THIRTY-SEVEN PERCENT REPORTED enough money or the person didn't THEY HAD TO KEEP THE like their line of work. RELATIONSHIP UNDER WRAPS. "Whether you're dating someone higher-up or a colleague at the same level, office romances are always tricky. 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. ROSEMARY HAEFNER Vice President of Human Resources, CareerBuilder EVEN HAPPIER HOURS Social settings outside of the office were cited most often in regard to workers connecting on a romantic level. AMONG THE MOST POPULAR CATALYSTS FOR DATING CO-WORKERS: RUNNING INTO EACH OTHER OUTSIDE OF WORK 13% HAPPY HOURS 12% LUNCHES 11% LATE NIGHTS AT WORK 10% careerbuilder This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactivee 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.

A Watercooler Made for Two: Romance at the Workplace

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According to a new CareerBuilder survey, we’ experiencing workplace romance at its finest. But just how many co-workers are passing around “Do You Like Me?” notes at company meetings in hopes th...



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