Three in Ten Workers Who Had Office Romances Married Their Co-Worker, Finds
Annual CareerBuilder Valentine's Day Survey
Leisure & Hospitality, Information Technology top list of industries likely to
date a co-worker
CHICAGO, Feb. 13, 2013
CHICAGO, Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Looking for love this Valentine's Day?
It may just be in the cube next to you. Thirty-nine percent of workers said
they have dated a co-worker at least once over the course of their career; 17
percent reported dating co-workers at least twice. Thirty percent 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
4,000 workers nationwide, 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, 29 percent of
workers who have dated someone at work said they have dated someone above them
in the company hierarchy, and 16 percent admitted to dating their boss. Women
were more likely to date someone higher up in their organization – 38 percent
compared to 21 percent of men.
Which Industries Have the Most Romance?
Leisure & Hospitality leads the top five industries for office romances,
coming in higher than the national average:
1.Leisure & Hospitality
5.Professional & Business Services
How Much Does Your Job Factor into Your Love Life?
More than one-in-four workers (26 percent) reported that what someone does for
a living influences whether they would date that person. Six percent 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, one-in-five workers (20 percent) 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. Running into each other outside of
work (12 percent), happy hours (12 percent), late nights at work (12 percent),
followed by at lunch (11 percent) were among the most popular catalysts for
Are Relationships Better Kept Secret?
Most workers who have had office romances said they were open about their
dating situation. Thirty-five percent reported they had to keep the
relationship under wraps.
This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive^© on
behalf of CareerBuilder among 4,216 workers (employed full-time, not
self-employed, government and non-government) 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 4,216, one
could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a
sampling error of +/- 1.51 percentage points. Sampling error for data from
sub-samples is higher and varies.
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companies target and attract great talent. Its online career site,
CareerBuilder.com®, is the largest in the United States with more than 24
million unique visitors, 1 million jobs and 50 million resumes. CareerBuilder
works with the world's top employers, providing resources for everything from
employment branding and talent and compensation intelligence to recruitment
solutions. More than 10,000 websites, including 140 newspapers and broadband
portals such as MSN and AOL, feature CareerBuilder's proprietary job search
technology on their career sites. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI),
Tribune Company and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI), CareerBuilder and its
subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South America, Canada and
Asia. For more information, visit www.careerbuilder.com.
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