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