Love is in the air-just not at work


The current climate around sexual harassment might be the reason why less co-workers are dating each other.

According to CareerBuilder's Annual Valentine's Day survey office romance is at a 10-year low. Career advisor Ladan Nikravan Hayes said 36 percent of workers report dating a co-worker. That’s down from 41-percent last year and 40-percent in 2008.

“Employers have a policy that prohibits employees from dating one another or there’s rules around when you need to tell the employer, so I think it’s very important to be sure that you know your company’s policy before getting into in any kind of relationship,” said Nikravan Hayes.

Check the office rules. Keep your personal life out of the office. Don't let your romance impact your relationship with your coworkers.

She said keep your personal life out of the office and be as professional at all times at work.

“If you don’t properly separate your romantic and work life, your romance may color other people’s judgement and that could affect your promotions or team building and responsibilities, so you want to make sure you separate those,” said Nikravan Hayes.

Thirty-seven percent of men say they have dated a coworker compared to 35-percent of women, while one in five male workers (20 percent) say they have dated someone at work two or more times in their career, compared to just 15 percent of their female colleagues.


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