New York, NY, (February 9, 2010) In a unique sign that America is getting used to the current economic climate, office romance is back in play. According to Vault.com’s 2010 Office Romance Survey, 69.7% of respondents stated that the shaky economy is no longer a factor when choosing whether or not to start an office fling. This comes in stark contrast to last year’s figures, which showed that 80% of responders cited the recession as a reason to take fewer romantic risks in the workplace.
“The shock of the economy is no longer there,” noted Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio, career services expert at Vault.com. “Work is still the main way to meet decent people, and when you are working longer hours, it may be the only way to meet people. But if you decide to enter an office relationship, you have to use common sense and make sure your romance doesn’t get in the way of your work.”
Vault’s Office Romance Survey was conducted in January 2010 and consists of responses from 1050 employees representing various industries across the United States, split almost equally among gender and age lines, although slightly skewed toward 25-30 year olds.
In total, almost 60% said they have participated in an office romance. Of the people who admitted to participating in some form of office romance at some point in their careers, 37.8% said they have had a random office hookup; 43.9% have had an ongoing, but casual relationship; 32.3% have had a long-term serious relationship; and 20.2% had met their spouse or partner at work But some are taking office romances too far, with 31.6% admitting to having a tryst in the office and 6% stating that they have been caught in the middle of a tryst in the workplace.
“One night after a night on the town, we stopped at the office to pick up something. We ended up on his desk. It was one of the hottest nights in our relationship,” said one respondent. Another stated, “Many years ago, I actually walked into a break room -- and found two people ’doing it’ on the lunch room table!”
But not all respondents believe an office romance is for them. Almost 40% of those surveyed said they have avoided or curtailed a potential romance that they would have otherwise pursued specifically to avoid an office romance.
“I thought about entering into an office romance; however, due to the fact that we were very close together and share an office, I realized it could get awkward later,” said one respondent. Another answered, “A failed relationship can make work a very unpleasant place to be for a very long time. Having had one of those experiences, I am careful to avoid romance in the office.”
Other survey results include:
• 63.9% of those who had an office romance would take part in another office romance.
• 53.2% have known a married coworker to have an affair at the office.
• 31.9% have an office “husband or wife” whom they hang out with all the time at work.
• 18.6% of those who had an office relationship had dated their supervisor.
• 24.9% of those who had an office relationship had dated their subordinate.
• 34.3% felt a coworker gained a professional advantage because of an office romance.
For more results from the office romance survey, including additional comments, visit www.vault.com.
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