With the amount of time spent in the office, it’s no wonder flings and flirting at work are common - but just how many of us have indulged in some workplace wooing? Reboot has the latest office romance statistics, taken from surveying over 4,000 people, which show that 48% of us will date a co-worker at one point or another.
It’s not all fun and games though, as a massive 84% of employers are not happy with their employees dating and even 4% of people have lost their job due to a workplace relationship. The worst is when a relationship goes south as 21% of people have quit a job due to awkwardness following a doomed romance.
Despite employers discouraging dating in the office, 22% of people admitted to dating their boss or manager. Famously, McDonald's fired chief executive Steve Easterbrook after he had a relationship with an employee, citing reasons such as "violating company policy" and showing "poor judgement". This goes to show that no one is immune to the workplace romance curse.
The biggest culprit for these saucy secrets is the holiday season with 66% of office workers starting their romance during the winter months. This all comes to a head at the office Christmas party, where the lethal combination of mistletoe and mulled wine results in 31% of first kisses between colleagues.
Scandalously, 36% of affairs involved a married partner - but it’s not just cheaters that conceal their dirty doings. In fact, 57% of us will be hiding our sordid affairs at some point in our professional lives.
Employees dish their worst workplace romance tales
— Dillon S, 25, Project Coordinator.
— Tim W, 41, Communications Manager.
— Ceris M, 30, Car Sales Assistant.
— Catrina A, 26, Recruitment Officer.
How to manage office relationships
Without outright banning all employee relationships, it can be difficult to manage office dating. Reboot’s CEO and HR Manager, Naomi Aharony, has this to say about workplace mingling:
Raunchy workplace romance statistics
The full results:
HAVE YOU DATED A COWORKER?
ARE YOU HAPPY FOR EMPLOYEES TO DATE?
Prefer not to: 46%
WHERE DID YOUR FIRST KISS TAKE PLACE?
At work: 9%
At a work do: 32%
WHO WAS INVOLVED IN THE LIAISON?
Someone of the same rank: 48%
Someone of higher standing (i.e a manager or boss): 22%
Someone of lower rank: 30%
WAS THE AFFAIR EXTRAMARITAL?
Yes, I was married: 11%
Yes, they were married: 18%
Yes, we were both married: 7%
DID YOU HIDE YOUR RELATIONSHIP FROM OTHER EMPLOYEES?
DID YOU LOSE YOUR JOB AS A RESULT OF YOUR LIAISON?
DID YOU OR YOUR PARTNER QUIT DUE TO THE RELATIONSHIP?
With some figures doubling since we carried out the first study in 2017, you can expect these office romance statistics to rise in the coming years as more saucy messages and snogging takes place in the workplace!