Office Hanky Panky On The Decline!

  • According to a new survey, 36% of people say they’ve dated a co-worker, which is a 10-year low
  • 22% of workers say they’ve dated someone they report to, with more women (27%) dating a superior than men (16%)
  • 31% of people say they wound up marrying the co-worker they dated, although 6% of people have actually left their job because an office romance went bad (9% women vs. 3% men) 

While it may not be totally smart to date someone you work with, office romances are bound to happen, but according to a new poll, it’s not happening as much as it has in the past.

A new CareerBuilder survey finds that 36% of workers say they’ve dated a co-worker, which  is actually a 10-year low. Men are slightly more likely than women to say they’ve dated a co-worker (37% vs. 35%), with 20% of males saying they’ve dated a colleague two or more times, while only 15% of gals say the same. And if they are dating a co-worker, folks don’t necessarily like to talk about it, with 41% saying they kept their office romance a secret.

Now things can get awkward if someone’s dating a person with a higher position in the company, but apparently that doesn’t stop it from happening. Overall, 22% of workers say they’ve dated someone they report to, with more women (27%) dating a superior than men (16%). What’s more, 30% of folks have dated someone higher up in their organization, with women again more likely to have done so (35% vs. 25%).

  • And dating someone in the office doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. In fact, 31% of people say they wound up marrying the co-worker they dated. But all too often office romance can go sour, with someone getting hurt in the end. The survey finds that 24% of workers had an affair with a married colleague (27% men vs. 21% women), while 6% of people have actually left their job because an office romance went bad (9% women vs. 3% men).

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