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Three In Ten Workers Who Had Office Romances Married Their Co-Worker, Finds Annual CareerBuilder Valentine's Day Survey

CHICAGO, Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Looking for love this Valentine's Day? It may just be in the cube next to you. Thirty-nine percent of workers said they have dated a co-worker at least once over the course of their career; 17 percent reported dating co-workers at least twice.  Thirty percent of those who have dated a co-worker said their office romance led them to the altar. This is according to CareerBuilder's annual office romance survey of more than 4,000 workers nationwide, conducted online by Harris Interactive © between November 1 and November 30, 2012.

How Many Dated the Boss?

While the majority of relationships developed between peers, 29 percent of workers who have dated someone at work said they have dated someone above them in the company hierarchy, and 16 percent admitted to dating their boss. Women were more likely to date someone higher up in their organization – 38 percent compared to 21 percent of men.

Which Industries Have the Most Romance?

Leisure & Hospitality leads the top five industries for office romances, coming in higher than the national average:
  1. Leisure & Hospitality
  2. Information Technology
  3. Financial
  4. Health Care
  5. Professional & Business Services

How Much Does Your Job Factor into Your Love Life?

More than one-in-four workers (26 percent) reported that what someone does for a living influences whether they would date that person.  Six percent of workers said someone broke up with them because their job required too many hours at the office, they didn't make enough money or the person didn't like their line of work.

Do Opposites Really Attract?

While the majority of workers tended to date people in different professions or functions, one-in-five workers (20 percent) reported that they are more attracted to people who have a similar job.  

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