Understandably, people who work together, sometimes end up in a romantic situation. Due to the long hours that co-workers spend with one other, they tend to get to know the other person pretty well and there is often little free time outside work to meet someone. The actual number of people involved in workplace romances may be higher than you imagine. With 38 percent of American workers admitting they have dated a co-worker during their career, there is obviously something to the whole love at the office topic. Perhaps more surprising, 31 percent of those who have dated a co-worker ended up marrying that person. The rate at which workplace romances end up being long-term successes is quite high.
Office Etiquette: Can You Date a Coworker?
10 Rules for Dating a Coworker
According to a study by online dating site eHarmony, more people meet their spouses at work or school than anywhere else. In fact, some high profile couples -— Bill and Melinda Gates, for example -— began their romances in the office. While some companies are lax when it comes to relationships outside of work, others strictly prohibit off-hours fraternization between employees. In an era when sexual harassment is a real concern for organizations, the notion of two employees dating each other does have potential for some tricky policy questions. Some argue that if both parties are in a consensual relationship, what they do on their own time has no bearing on the company and should not be prohibited. Others argue that when two co-workers are in a relationship, it has the potential to create uncomfortable situations for everyone -— imagine a staff meeting where two team members have been arguing about their relationship, and those feelings spill over into the meeting -— and thus dating should be prohibited. No one wants to hear about how a co-worker leaves his socks on the floor, or other more personal details.
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Office romances have been around for as long as offices or other workplaces. Because of the amount of time we spend at work, side by side with our coworkers, our social lives and professional lives often become entwined. Those relationships are sometimes quite intimate, even when they aren't romantic. If you find yourself attracted to a coworker, follow these rules to stay out of trouble. Sometimes, however, your good judgment goes awry when chemistry takes over.
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