The Workplace Romance is Alive and Well

What do the movies Jerry McGuire, (500) Days of Summer, and Bridget Jones’s Diary all have in common? Romance in the workplace.

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Have you ever dated or considered dating a coworker? New data from a survey of job seekers on our site shows that you aren’t the first! With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we asked job seekers to fill us in to get a better sense of dating in the workplace. Are you shocked to hear that that 63% of job seekers said they have dated a coworker?

DISCLAIMER: You should really think carefully before dating somebody at work. At the end of this blog post you’ll find some common tips that will keep all parties involved away from any difficult conversations with HR. Of those surveyed, only 45% of job seekers said they were very familiar with the rules of dating in their workplace.

Although we typically associate online dating as the dominant modern day method of meeting a dating partner, the workplace environment is more conducive to romantic connections than we think. In fact, a large percentage of people happen to find it easier to meet someone at work than at a bar or online.

57% of job seekers said that they believe asking out a coworker is easier than asking someone out at a bar – women were split 50/50, but 63% of men would rather meet someone by the water cooler than at the local happy hour hot spot. 56% surveyed thought asking out a coworker was easier than swiping right.

Of those currently in a relationship, 26% have met their dating partner at work or through a coworker. The responses generally seem to be in line for men and women:  

Whether you’re currently dating a coworker or one of the 43% of job seekers considering doing so, here are some precautions to take before you date your work crush.

Check your company rules: 35% of people are unfamiliar with their company’s dating policies according to our data. Refer to your employee handbook to see if the rules of dating are included or check in with your human resources manager.

Make sure your attentions are welcome: it’s easy to get carried away by those butterflies in your stomach, but listen to the feedback from your intended. If they’re not interested, move on! There are plenty of other fish in the sea.

Keep your work life separate from personal life: Don’t allow your relationship to interfere with your ability to get your work done and most importantly, be sure not to involve your coworkers in the relationship.  

No PDA’s in the hallway, and always be mindful: consider your day to day interactions, the potential consequences, and don’t let daydreaming about your crush distract you from your job.

Prepare for the break-up before it happens: We typically don’t want to think about a relationship coming to an end, but if and when it does, make the effort to keep the professional connection in shape.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, keep our data and tips above in mind when you’re out at dinner with your office crush. Simply play by the rules and you’re in the clear.

Happy Valentine’s Day from the team at ZipRecruiter!

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