NEW YORK, February 5, 2008: Many married employees are acting single at work.
According to Vault.com’s 2008 Office Romance Survey, 48% of respondents have
known a married colleague to have an affair with someone at the office. In addition, 40%
know of a married or seriously involved co-worker who had a romantic liaison with
someone other than their partner while on a business trip.
“We all knew her husband, and it made us extremely uncomfortable,” said one
respondent. Another stated, “A married manager had an affair with a young trainee.” At
one workplace, “It's equal opportunity. I would call it an even mix of male to female
Vault’s Office Romance Survey was conducted in January, 2008 and consists of
responses from 945 employees representing various industries across the United States.
Workplace hook-ups among the single set are quite popular, too, as 82% of respondents
say they’ve known of an office romance between two co-workers, and 50% know of at
least one couple that went on to get married. As far as the respondents themselves, 46%
admit to having had an office romance, and 23% have had a romantic tryst at the actual
office. Places trysts occurred include the boardroom, the janitor’s closet, the break room,
a stairwell, the parking lot, the restroom, and the boss’ office.
True love ruled at the office for 20% of respondents; they met their spouses or long-term
significant others at work; 10% met their partners through co-workers. It’s not always a
match, however, as 43% of respondents say that someone at work has made an unwanted
advance toward them.
For more on office romance, visit www.vault.com/office-romance.
Vault is the leading media company focused on careers. Vault offers over 100 online and
print books, from the best-sellingVault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms to the Vault
Guide to Schmoozing. Vault is celebrated for its online resource, www.vault.com, which
features thousands of company and university profiles, information on hundreds of
occupations and industries, articles on a multitude of workplace topics, a network of
message boards for professionals with over 2,200,000 posts and jobs-related video, blogs
and research tools. Its clients include nearly 1,000 advertisers and recruiters, over 900
universities and graduate schools, and over 7,000,000 consumers worldwide. Maintaining
offices in New York, London, Mumbai, and Hong Kong, Vault was founded in 1996 by
Hussam Hamadeh, Samer Hamadeh, and Mark Oldman and recently received a majority
investment from Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a $5 billion private-equity firm focused on
media and communications.
Contact: Melanie London