Office Romance Statistics in the United States

Love in the workplace is considered a no-go for many people, but as it turns out it is more common than you might think.

CareerBuilder conducted its annual office romance survey with more than 4,000 workers nationwide and found love is in the air for workers all over the country.

The survey revealed that 39 percent of workers have dated a co-worker at least once, and 17 percent said they’ve dated co-workers at least twice during their career. 30 percent of reported office-place romances resulted in a marriage.

The survey found other interesting facts about the dating habits in the American workplace:

The top fields that lead to workplace romance — possibly as a result of similar schedules and mutual understanding of each others’ work issues — are:

  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Information technology
  • Finance
  • Health care
  • Professional and business services

Popular catalysts for turning an acquaintanceship into a deeper relationship were listed as:

  • Late nights at work (12 percent)
  • Running into each other outside of work (12 percent)
  • Happy hours (12 percent)
  • Bonding during the lunch break (11 percent)

The gender and ranking breakdown:

When it comes to dating someone with a higher rank within the organization, 38 percent of women reported engaging in such a relationship. At only 21 percent, men were less likely to date someone at a higher post than them.

Overall, 29 percent of workers dated someone above them in the company hierarchy, and 16 percent dated their boss.

The majority of relationships, however, developed between peers.

Most participants also reported that when it came to sharing the news with others, they didn’t have an issue with making it public. However, whether it was because the business didn’t allow relationships in the workplace or other reasons, 35 percent of the lovebirds had to stay mum about their relationship.

Have you ever, or are you currently dating someone you work with? Let us know in the comment section below.

For more on these office romance statistics, visit CareerBuilder.

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