Traditional places like church, family events, and leisure time activities don’t present the same pool of candidates as they did in earlier times.The workplace provides a preselected pool of people who share at least one important area of common ground.People who work together also tend to live within a reasonable dating distance, and they see each other on a daily basis. In early SHRM surveys, 43 percent of HR staff said that they had experienced office romances in their workplace.
Other studies have reported a higher level of productivity from dating couples at work.And yet, an SHRM workplace romance survey found in 2013 that 42 percent of companies had developed a formal, written, workplace romance policy.According to Dana Wilkie, an online SHRM editor, periodic surveys by SHRM show that 99 percent of employers with romance policies in place indicate that love matches between supervisors and staff members are not allowed. If it's just about sex -- a dalliance, an extramarital affair or a relationship entered into with the intention of moving up the career ladder -- coworkers and companies tend to frown on love relationships in the workplace. I checked out current research on workplace romance to answer Tina Turner's proverbial question.
But when a couple is genuinely serious about dating and building a relationship, popular opinion is more favorable.
Amy Nicole Salvaggio, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Tulsa, conducted a study of nearly 200 full-time workers in a variety of workplaces.
Her findings indicated that most respondents do not mind seeing a romance develop between two unmarried colleagues.
They do object to relationships in which one or both coworkers are married to someone else, however, and they also object when the relationship is between a supervisor and his or her direct report. Poe, an HR freelance writer, also found in a Society for Human Resource Management white paper that adulterous affairs were a problem in some workplaces.
From data gathered from a survey of several thousand employers and employees, she determined that inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace is common on company time and at company locations.
Considering the amount of time most people spend working, where else is a couple to meet?