Office Romances Abound in Today’s Workplace

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-11-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Romance is alive and well in the modern office, according to a recent Valentine’s Day-themed survey from CareerBuilder. A significant number of professionals admit that they’ve dated co-workers, and many of these relationships actually lead to marriage, findings revealed. As a CIO, this may not come as a complete shock. You can see that IT professionals work long hours, after all. And survey results indicate that a late-night work session will often result in something other than, well, work. (Occasions such as happy hours and lunches are also romance-friendly.) CIOs should know, however, what (if any) official company policies exist, and they should enforce those rules accordingly. At the very least, office dating should not disrupt productivity, and conflicts of interest must be avoided–especially when a boss dates a direct report, which some survey respondents admit has happened. CareerBuilder’s findings also revealed a number of office dating “deal breakers” with regard to one’s professional status and work circumstances, and we’ve included those here. More than 3,055 professionals took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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