Despite the economy, one thing remains the same: love is in the air at the office. Nearly 4-in-10 (37 percent) workers said they have dated a co-worker at some time during their careers, in line with the 40 percent who said the same in both 2009 and 2008. And 32 percent said they went on to marry the person they dated at work. This is according to CareerBuilder's annual office romance survey of more than 5,200 workers.
Some workers are dating those above them on the office ladder. Women were more likely than men to date someone above them in their company's hierarchy. Thirty percent of women said they have dated someone who holds a higher position in their organization; 19 percent of men say they have done the same.
"Workplace relationships are more accepted these days, with 67 percent of workers saying they aren't keeping their romance a secret. However, it is the responsibility of the individuals to understand company policy and make sure they adhere to it," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder.
Some relationships may have their beginnings in current workplace crushes. Eight percent of respondents work with someone they would like to date, with more men (11 percent) than women (4 percent) reporting they would like to do so.
Go into relationship with your eyes open
Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder offers these tips for workers who may want to spark a workplace romance:
• Know your company's office relationship policy: While some companies are completely open to office romances, others may have stricter policies. Make sure both parties in the relationship are aware of rules or potential consequences.
• Beware of social media: Before you start posting pictures and status updates about your newfound coupledom, it may be better to inform your co-workers or boss in person. That way, there is less chance for gossip or speculation.
• Always take the high road: If your relationship should end, do your best to maintain professionalism and not let the issues affect your performance on the job. The survey also showed the repercussions of workplace romance, with 5 percent of workers saying they have left a job because of an office romance.