Office Romances by the Numbers

Looking for a Valentine? According to this survey, the office may be a good place to start.

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Looking for a Valentine? According to this survey, the office may be a good place to start. Chicago-based CareerBuilder’s annual survey on office romance found nearly two in five U.S. workers have dated someone who worked for the same company, and 16 percent said they have done so more than once. Click through for more office romance statistics found in the national survey.
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That budding office romance may even lead all the way to the altar, or possibly divorce court. Of those who dated someone from the office, nearly one-third, or 31 percent, ended up marrying their office sweetheart. Twenty percent of workers who dated someone at the office admitted that at least one person in the relationship was married at the time.
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One quarter of workers who have dated a co-worker said their office sweetheart was higher up in the organization, including the boss. However, only 3 percent of workers who have had an office relationship said the relationship helped them progress in their career.
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Some industries have more office romances than others. Leisure and Hospitality topped the list at 57 percent, followed by Utilities with 51 percent, Information Technology with 46 percent, and Transportation with 42 percent.
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Office romances most often start with co-workers running into each other outside of work. Twelve percent of people said their romance started after they ran into a coworker outside of work and 11 percent said their spark started during a happy hour. Some other situations that led to romance include late nights at work, having lunch together, and love at first sight.
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While most workers were open about their dating situation, nearly two in five said they had to keep their relationship with a co-worker a secret.
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