Dating in the office can be very controversial. Some workplaces forbid it, others don’t. But either way it can be a risk. If things don’t work out you still need to work together….talk about awkward! And, let’s not even think about the office gossip and sexual harassment cases that may follow those who are unsucessful in office love.
But, according to a survey by CareerBuilder, 30 percent those who had a relationship with a coworker ended up getting married to that coworker. Maybe, times are changing? Apparently today there are new generational differences with regard to openness to dating in the office. Generation Y (people born in or after 1980) feel very comfortable pursuing love at work. A January 2012 survey by Workplace Options and Public Policy Polling (see full report here) found that:
- 84 percent of Gen Y workers said they would enter into a romantic relationship with a coworker compared to only 36 percent of Gen X workers, and 29 percent of Baby Boomers.
- 71 percent of employed Gen Y professionals see workplace romances as helping to improve overall performance and morale
- Gen Y is more open to dating their supervisors than all other age groups combined (40 percent)
As a Gen X’er myself, I’ve never been comfortable dating someone at work. Then again, I spent my whole career in a female dominated industry so that might be why. (lol) But considering how much time we all spend in the office and with coworkers these days, it is the place we all spend the majority of our time, make many of our friends and meet the most new people. I’ve known a few people who have had office romances…but I only know one couple who made it work.
So, do you think it’s worth the risk? Have you dated someone you worked with? How did it work out?
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