One in Five Workers Who Had Office Romances Married Their Co-Worker, Finds Annual CareerBuilder Valentine's Day Survey
A third of workers dating colleagues had to keep their office romances a secret
PR Newswire

TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Looking for love this Valentine's Day? It may just be in the cube next to you. Thirty-five per cent of workers said they have dated a co-worker at least once over the course of their career; 18 per cent reported dating co-workers at least twice.  Twenty per cent of those who have dated a co-worker said their office romance led them to the altar. This is according to CareerBuilder's annual office romance survey of more than 400 workers in Canada, conducted online by Harris Interactive© between November 1 and November 30, 2012.

How Many Dated the Boss?

While the majority of relationships developed between peers, 25 per cent of workers who have dated someone at work said they have dated someone above them in the company hierarchy, and 15 per cent admitted to dating their boss. Men were more likely to date someone higher up in their organization – 29 per cent, compared to 21 per cent of women.

How Much Does Your Job Factor into Your Love Life?

Close to one in five workers (19 per cent) reported that what someone does for a living influences whether they would date that person.  Seven per cent of workers said someone broke up with them because their job required too many hours at the office, they didn't make enough money or the person didn't like their line of work.

Do Opposites Really Attract?

While the majority of workers tended to date people in different professions or functions, nearly one in five workers (18 per cent) reported that they are more attracted to people who have a similar job.  

Where Do Office Romances Begin?

Social settings outside of the office were cited most often in regard to workers connecting on a romantic level.  Happy hour after work (12 per cent), followed by love at first site (11 per cent), late night working (8 per cent), and running into each other outside of work (6 per cent) were among the most popular catalysts for dating co-workers.

Are Relationships Better Kept Secret?

Most workers who have had office romances said they were open about their dating situation.  Thirty-three per cent reported they had to keep the relationship under wraps. 

Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online within Canada by Harris Interactive© on behalf of among 424 Canadian workers (employed full-time; not self-employed; non-government) ages 18 and over between November 1 and November 30, 2012  (percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 494 one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 4.76 percentage points. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.

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