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
TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - 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 CareerBuilder.ca 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.
About CareerBuilder.ca CareerBuilder.ca is a leading job site in Canada.
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Company (NYSE: MNI), CareerBuilder.ca powers the career centers for more than
250 Canadian partners that reach national, local, industry and niche
audiences. Job seekers visit CareerBuilder.ca every month to search for
opportunities by industry, location, company and job type, sign up for
automatic e-mail job alerts, and get advice on job hunting and career
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services, visit http://www.careerbuilder.ca.
Media Contact Michael Erwin CareerBuilder +1 773-527-3637
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