Workplace Romance: Worth It?


We wouldn’t want to ruin the fifth season of “Mad Men” for you but let’s just say it involves Don Draper, a secretary, and a love affair.

Workplace relationships like this aren’t reserved for leading characters on television though — they’re happening in our workplaces too.

37 percent of workers have dated a co-worker, and 30 percent of those office romances have led to marriage, according to CareerBuilder’s annual survey.

Also interesting:

  • 37 percent of workers have dated someone with whom they work
  • 24 percent of office romances involved a superior

It’s not all roses though, according to the survey 5 percent of employees have left a job because of a workplace relationship gone sour. Nearly 1 in 5 workers has had an affair with a co-worker where one person involved was married at the time. Yikes.

How strict are your workplace relationship rules? Is it worth risking?

Want to know whether or not you should pursue a workplace relationship? Contact me at I’m the Dear Abby of the staffing world. Hit me up. 

Photo via Channel Guide magazine.



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