Office Romance

Valentine’s Day is not the end of romance in the office. In fact, most employed adults (59 percent) report they communicate by phone, email, instant messaging or text messaging with their significant others each day and 30 percent say they have dated a co-worker, according to a romance-in-the-workplace themed survey released earlier this month by Randstad USA, a workforce solutions company.

“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.


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