According to CareerBuilder’s Annual Valentine’s Day survey conducted by The Harris Poll, office romance is at a 10-year low, with 36% of workers reporting dating a co-worker, down from 41% last year and 40% in 2008. Thirty-seven percent of men say they have dated a co-worker compared to 35% of women, while one in five male workers (20%) say they have dated someone at work two or more times in their career, compared to just 15% of their female colleagues.
Twenty-two percent of workers have dated someone who was their boss at the time. Of those who have dated at work, more than a quarter of women (27%) say they have dated someone who was their boss compared to just 16% of men.
Additionally, 30% of these workers say they have dated someone who was at a higher level in the organization than they were. Thirty-five percent of female co-workers reported dating someone at a higher level in the company than them, compared to 25% of their male co-workers.
Some relationships that start at work were made to last—31% of workers who dated at work ended up getting married.
But that means many more workplace romances had unhappy endings. Almost a quarter of workers (24%) had an affair with a colleague where one person involved was married at the time (27% of men compared to 21% of women). Six percent of workers have left a job because a romantic relationship with someone at work went sour (9% of women compared to 3% of men).