I know about a hundred people who have had relationships within their workplace. I’m sure you know a hundred more. Well, The Office had an entire episode about interoffice relationships. Joshua Drexler at the ‘That’s what she said’ blog (one of my favorites) has a great post on the subject.
After posting the above link I found another one worth mentioning. Apparently, the Vault does an annual ‘office romance’ survey. Employers and employees in will find this interesting. A few of the highlights are:
- 41% of employees in the general population claim to have never participated in an office romance.
- 40% of employees report “avoiding or curtailing a potential romance that they would have otherwise pursued specifically to avoid an office romance.”
- Among those who have engaged in an office romance, 26% have dated a subordinate, and 18% have dated their boss.
These percentages were worse than I expected, but not surprising. You may find it humorous to note that lawyers are particularly bad when it comes to romance in the office. As opposed to 41% in the general population, 36% of lawyers have “never participated in an office romance.” I bet that number changes when you look specifically at labor and employment attorneys. They would know better. But that’s just my hunch.