While we reported earlier that Valentine’s Day observation has been dropping during the past decade, that doesn’t mean Cupid has been slacking off on the job. In the annual CareerBuilder’s Valentine’s Day survey of workers, Harris Poll reported that 41 percent of workers have dated a co-worker (up from 37 percent last year and the highest since 2007).
Office soap opera
Some office romances have plenty of daytime drama.
41% | Workers who have dated a co-worker (highest since 2007)
19% | Office romances involving someone who is already married
38% | Workers who’ve had to keep their romance a secret
30% | The percentage of office romances that have led to marriage
Romance and rank
Walking a fine line.
29% | Percentage of office romances that involved dating someone in a higher position than them
33% | Percentage of office romances in which a woman dated a man in a higher position
25% | Percentage of office romances in which a man dated a woman in a higher position
15% | Percentage of office romances in which a worker has dated their boss
Avoiding office gossip
It’s hard work to keep a relationship out of work.
38% | Percentage of those who had an office romance who felt the need to keep it a secret at work
40% | Male workers who kept their office romances secret
37% | Female workers who kept their office romances secret
The geography of secret office romances
By region, the percentage of those who have had office romances who said they kept their office romances secret.
45% | Northeast
41% | South
34% | West
31% | Midwest
Not all workplace relationships end happily ever after – and some result in more than heartbreak.
5% | Percentage of workers who have had an office romance who say they left a job because of an office romance break-up.