If you think the workplace is strictly about business, corporate meetings and increasing profits, think again.
This Valentine’s Day, Glassdoor, a jobs and career community, is revealing the steamy results of its survey shedding light into love and romance in the workplace. More than 1,000 anonymous Glassdoor users¹ (including those who are employed or unemployed but looking) shared their secrets about love while on the job. Check out the red hot results:
- The majority of employees and unemployed job seekers (51%) say it’s OK to be romantically involved with a co-worker.
- More than one-third (37%) report they have been involved with a co-worker romantically.
- One in ten (12%) admit to actually “making love” in the workplace. One in five (22%) say that while they have not made love in the workplace, they have thought about doing it; and, 41% say they believe some of their co-workers have made love in the workplace.
- 18% admit they are attracted to at least one of their co-workers.
- The majority (54%) say that most office romances end with some or a lot of ‘awkwardness’ at work.
- When it comes to breaking rules (or not) with romance at work, 41% say they’re unsure whether their employer has a policy regarding office romances; and, 28% believe their current or most recent employer does not have this kind of policy.
Valentine’s Day Workplace Celebrations
- Few (8%) say they buy Valentine’s themed gifts for their co-workers, whereas 31% report that they have received a Valentine’s themed gift from a co-worker.
- Flowers are still your best bet. When asked what they would most want to receive from their significant other at work on Valentine’s Day, people reported: Flowers (27%), a Valentine’s Day card (14%) and chocolates (13%). The least popular gift to receive on Valentine’s Day? A singing telegram (1%).
So what should you do if you fall in love with a co-worker? Here are some tips from Glassdoor’s career and workplace expert Rusty Rueff:
- Don’t feel guilty for falling in love at work. Your employer worked hard to fill the company with people who share the same values, principles, work ethic, skills, and education. Plus, you’re together for 8 to 12 hours a day. So it’s not that surprising that romances tend to spark between employees. No matter what happens, don’t feel guilty.
- Don’t go public until you’re sure the relationship will last. Since not all companies will be happy about your good news, it’s in your interest—and the interest of your partner—to be sure the relationship is real and worth investing in before having that conversation with the boss.
- Stay mum while at work. You may be privy to confidential information because of your relationship, but don’t disclose it at work. Keep your relationship and work separate as much as possible.
What’s your take on love in the workplace and office romance?
¹ Glassdoor users were anonymously surveyed to share feedback about Valentine’s Day celebrations in the workplace in January 2012.