Forty percent admit to office romance

Feb. 11, 2006 at 11:44 PM
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PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Some 40 percent of U.S. employees say they have been involved in a workplace romance at some point in their careers, a survey found.

The 2006 Workplace Romance report by CareerJournal.com suggests there is less stigma associated with workplace romance than there once was. Four percent of human resource professionals and 14 percent of employees said they felt romance shouldn't be permitted at work.

The report surveyed 493 human resource professionals and 408 employees, to explore their views and policies about dating at work.

More than 70 percent of organizations don't have policies on workplace romance -- and of those that do, the vast majority discourage dating rather than forbid it, the survey found. Only 9 percent of organizations prohibit dating in the workplace entirely -- especially between subordinates and supervisors.

"Office romance is inevitable at many companies when unmarried people work closely together," says Tony Lee, publisher, CareerJournal.com. "But dating colleagues should find out what their company's policies and restrictions are on workplace romance."

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