According to a Career Builder survey, interoffice dating has a fairly high success rate--of the 38% of people surveyed that dated a co-worker at least once, 31% went on to marry that co-worker! If you believe the stats of new employees entering the workforce, it might seem so.But a lot of companies don't let the rank and file decide--they adopt policies that ban or limit workplace dating--all in the name of lowering liability.But consider this: according to a recent Workplace Options survey, nearly 85% of 18-29 year olds would have a romantic relationship with a co-worker, compared to just over 35% for 30-46 year olds and about 30% of 47-66 year olds.Even more shocking is that 40% of those 18-29 year olds would date their supervisors.
As the old saying goes "you don't dip your pen in the company ink." In other words, you shouldn't get into a dating or sexual relationship with a co-worker.The chance that you'll find romance at work increases if you work at a company with a strong corporate culture, such as Southwest Airlines (LUV), which reports that 2,328 employees have a spouse who works for the company.(That's 1,164 married couples, or about 6 percent of the airline's total staff.) There are obvious reasons that romance tends to bloom at work.You already have at least one common interest, and you have already spent time getting to know each other, Losee says.But office romances can have plenty of pitfalls even if they succeed — which, of course, not all of them do.Employees frequently hid relationships for fear of being fired if discovered.Since her first fling, workplaces have become much more lenient with office romances, says Shenker.“I think it’s pretty understandable.A Career survey reports that 40 percent of respondents have dated a co-worker at some time in their careers, and 18 percent said they have had at least two office relationships.From the employer’s perspective, office romances can result in some awkward situations, especially if things go bad.This situation can be especially damaging if the employees work closely together or are in a supervisor-subordinate relationship.In a worst-case scenario, one employee might have to be reassigned to another department or might end up having to leave your company altogether.