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34% Admit to Having an Affair with a Married Co-Worker, Finds CareerBuilder India – Office Romance Survey

Half admit to dating someone in the office who was their boss

image credits: ET
image credits: ET

INDIA, 10th February 2015

Looking for love, not looking for love … watch for Cupid’s arrows flying around the office this Valentine’s Day.’s annual survey on office romance found a third (36 per cent) of Indian workers have dated someone who worked for the same company, and 37 per cent said they went on to marry the person. The national survey was conducted online in January 2015 and included a representative sample of 1,000 full-time, workers across industries and company sizes.

Risky Business Affairs
While over half (56 per cent) of the workers said they were attracted to people who work in similar jobs as them; for some, office romances can potentially be career risky. Of those who have had an office romance, 55 per cent have dated their boss, additionally two in three (68 per cent) workers admit to dating someone in a higher position than them.

As if dating the boss wasn’t perilous enough, 1 in 3 workers (34 per cent) have had an affair with a co-worker where one person involved was married at the time.

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Keeping It Classified
In this day of social media and over sharing of our big life events, more than two thirds of workers (71 per cent) say they have had to keep their office romance a secret, although 72 per cent have accidentally run into co-workers while out on a date with their office sweetheart.

Blissfully Happy Hours
Sometimes, however, the heart wants what the heart wants – and those sparks just need the right encouragement to ignite. Most office romances begin at happy hour (27 per cent), followed by over lunch (25 per cent), late night working or working together on a project (both at 23 per cent) or being in the same department (22 per cent). One in four workers (20 per cent) claim they found love at the company picnic, while 19 per cent say it happened at the company holiday party.

Tips for Navigating a Workplace Romance:

  • Check the Company Handbook – Some companies have strict policies around office romances. Acquaint yourself with the rules before turning a professional relationship into a personal one.
  • Proceed with Caution – Some romances lead into marriage, but others can lead into disaster. Seven percent of workers reported having to leave their jobs because of an office romance that soured. Take the time to get to know someone first and carefully weigh risks and benefits.
  • Compartmentalise – Keep your work life separate from your home life. Avoid showing PDAs in the office and don’t involve co-workers in personal disagreements.
  • Think Before You Post – Be careful what you post on social media. You can end up outing your relationship before you’re ready to discuss it.
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Coverage: The Times OF IndiaEconomic TimesIndian ExpressIndian Express, NDTV

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