IT Management Slideshow: Office Romance is Not Just for Valentine's Day

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-10-2011

23.5 percent

23.5 percent of male respondents report having short-term flings with co-workers, compared with 15.4 percent of female respondents.

23.5 percent

22.2 percent

22.2 percent of female respondents say they're likely to have a long-term, serious relationship with an office mate, compared to 14.7 percent of male respondents.

22.2 percent

One-third

One-third of those respondents who say they have had an office romance admit to engaging in trysts in the workplace.

One-third

38 percent

38 percent of male respondents have had romantic encounters in the office, compared with 26 percent of female respondents.

38 percent

5 percent

Oddly, about 5 percent of respondents aged 35-39 say the economy has made them more willing to take romantic risks. Less than 2 percent of respondents over age 50 say this is so.

5 percent

Memorable quotes from survey participants…

…On using romance to get ahead: "You do what you have to do to move up the ranks."

Memorable quotes from survey participants…

Memorable quotes from survey participants…

…On how uncomfortable a workplace romance can make an entire department feel: "Some people don't know how to handle a relationship at work, so they act like they are home together. It's a bit off-putting."

Memorable quotes from survey participants…

Memorable quotes from survey participants…

…On long-term damage of an office fling: "People's gossip took a toll on my managerial capacity. My subordinates were not as respectful as they were once they found out."

Memorable quotes from survey participants…