“Right now, based on our survey around romance in the workplace, adult Americans are telling us that they do mix business with pleasure, and that that’s not necessarily a bad thing,” said Genia Spencer, Managing Director of Operations and Human Resources for Randstad USA. “With Americans spending more and more time at their jobs, the workplace is increasingly becoming a source of social activity and a venue for romantic interaction.”
Other interesting findings from the survey include:
- 35 percent say they spend up to 15 minutes a day communicating with a significant other.
- 35 percent of employed married adults say married workers are more reliable than their single/divorced/separated or widowed colleagues.
- 26 percent of employed married adults said single workers spend more time socializing on the job, while only 16 percent of single workers agreed.
- 25 percent of single workers said single people are more fun to work with, while only 9 percent of married adults agreed.
- 24 percent say they feel comfortable discussing their romantic relationships with their work colleagues.
- 15 percent reported using work as a distraction from their personal lives.
- 1 percent say they spend more than 4 hours each working day communicating with a significant other.
A total of 1,478 employed U.S. adults were surveyed by Harris Interactive® for Randstad’s inaugural monthly “Job Bites” survey on romance in the workplace.