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The Ethics of Office Romance

If you're thinking about hooking up at work, you're looking for love in all the wrong places

For many of us the workplace, where we spend a large percentage of our waking hours, isn't just where we go to do our jobs. It's also the place where we eat many meals, and develop and maintain friendships that last beyond office hours and sometimes even the job itself.

Given the amount of time we spend at work, the office seems like the most logical venue to look for romance (BusinessWeek, 5/23/07)—or even a hookup—and it's certainly the most practical. Fellow employees are more likely than total strangers to share at least some of our goals and values. At work, we get to know people better than we can in bars, on the Internet, or even through a blind date set up by well-meaning friends and family members.