Love Is in the Air at the Workplace

February 14, 2014 ( – Workplace romances are not merely the stuff of TV sitcoms, according to a new survey.

By Kevin McGuinness | February 14, 2014
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CareerBuilder finds more than one-third of employees (38%) have dated someone who worked for the same company, with 16% having done so more than once.

Of those who dated someone from the office, nearly one-third (31%) ended up marrying their office sweetheart. Twenty percent of employees who dated someone at the office admitted at least one person in the relationship was married at the time.

One-quarter (24%) of employees who have dated a co-worker say their office sweetheart was higher up in the organization, including the boss. But only 3% say the relationship helped them progress in their career.

More office romances seem to occur in the leisure and hospitality field (57%), followed by utilities (51%), information technology (46%) and transportation (42%), all of which outpace the national average. Other industries where romances are blossoming include financial services (38%), retail (35%), manufacturing (35%), health care (32%) and business services (26%).