4 in 10 have had an office romance, survey finds

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4 in 10 have had an office romance, survey finds
Wed, 02-13-2013 - 5:29pm

A just-in-time for Valentine’s Day survey finds that 39 percent of workers have dated a co-worker at least once over the course of their career.

Still, only 30 percent of those who had dated a co-worker said the romance led to marriage.

Read more here.

So if I dispatched calls for my husbands company, and I met him at the answering service where I worked, those many many many years ago, does that count as an office romance?

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Wed, 02-13-2013 - 9:58pm

I've been at my current job for about 15 yrs--when I first started, I had just gotten divorced and I developed a crush on my boss, who was single & my age.  Occasionally we would go out to eat and a couple of times we went to the movies--most of the time, though, he'd bring along a friend or his brother.  He was oblivious.  When I met my 2nd DH I told him that I used to like him and he said he had no idea (even though I invited him to my house for dinner.)  It's just as well that we never got together--now I just find him immensely irritating.  lol

I work in a small office so other than my boss, the only other guy who works there is probably the worst specimen of manhood that you could imagine.  He's also my age (about 55) and single--he has a stomach that looks like he's going to deliver that baby any minute, he'll grow a beard for the winter and never trim it and then he shaves it off for the summer--he'll let his hair grow til it's really straggly looking--this guy is a lawyer who goes to court to represent clients looking like this!  He's actually a nice person and interesting in his own odd way--he travels to Europe, speaks a few languages, goes mountain climbing & hiking even though he has a leg brace, but seriously, how does he not get it that he has to maintain a minimum standard of cleanliness?

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Thu, 02-14-2013 - 5:34pm

  It makes sense.  Americans have the longest work week and work year of any of the Western countries.  It is that you are together a lot.   Yep, I hooked up with people from work.  But less so as Many of the companies were anti-fraternization.  The fear of sexual harassment/hostile workplace issues has harmed the office romance.  But it seems that it is back with a vengeance!


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Registered: 05-10-2005
Thu, 02-14-2013 - 7:31pm

This isn't very surprising to me either.  I agree, you spend so much time at work that it makes it much easier to find someone to date there.  I don't take much stock in the statistic that only 30% of workplace romances lead to marriage - what percentage of any dating leads to marriage?

I've dated 2 people I met at work.  Neither of them turned out to be serious or long term, and the first one had a very messy end, but I am still glad I dated them.  It definitely helps that I worked at a really large company.  I would have been more wary if it was a small office.  :)