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

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-10-2011
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23.5 percent

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.

On Valentine's Day, don't be surprised to see flowers and boxes of chocolate delivered to cubicles in your IT department from fellow colleagues. That's right: Office romance is alive and well, judging from to the results of a recent survey on workplace liaisons from career Website Vault.com. More than 2,083 professionals took part in the research. While this topic may drop somewhat far down on your IT priority list - lower than tech integration projects and cloud initiatives, perhaps, but higher than deciding which kind of pizza to order in for your next department lunch meeting - CIOs and other senior managers can't ignore this issue. For starters, you should know whether organizational standards specifically address personal relationships between employees (and managers). If so, then you need to make sure that your lovestruck employees are aware of these policies. (Many aren't.) In absence of formal corporate guidelines, you have a legal responsibility to promote an environment where sexual harassment is not tolerated. Likewise, be sure you're not tolerating in-office relationships or behaviors in the workplace that make other workers uncomfortable.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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