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Does Cupid Know Your Office Dating Policy?

Posted on: February 14th, 2012 | Category: Employee Handbooks, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Our Blog

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. We’d like to take a moment on this day dedicated to love to injected some much needed human resources perspectives—because, well, that’s what we do. And also, we just read CareerBuilder’s recently published annual office romance survey of more than 7,000 workers nationwide. It found that 38 percent of workers said they have dated a co-worker at least once over the course of their career. The survey also uncovered that 17 percent of the respondents reported dating co-workers at least twice, and 31 percent said their office romance led to marriage.

What industries lead the way in occurrences of office romances?

The following industries had the highest self-reported incidences of co-worker dating:

  • Hospitality – 47 percent
  • Financial Services – 45 percent
  • Transportation & Utilities – 43 percent
  • Information Technology – 40 percent
  • Healthcare – 38 percent
(To check out CareerBuilder’s fun infographic on this survey,  click here.)

Does your company have an office dating policy?

“You really should,” says Tina Hamilton, PHR, president and CEO of hireVision Group, Inc. “Even if it’s an awkward subject, office romances are not something you want to pretend won’t or don’t affect your employees. A clear dating policy that explains how your company views the separation of a person’s private life and the workplace is paramount.”

Interested in updating your company’s employee handbook and policies to meet your business’s HR needs and business culture? Email or call us at 610-443-0119 to discuss how hireVision’s HR Partnering Services can help.


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