Magazine article Talent Development

Love Connection: Companies Often Don't Clearly Convey Their Dating Policies

Magazine article Talent Development

Love Connection: Companies Often Don't Clearly Convey Their Dating Policies

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We may have already celebrated Valentine's Day, but romance is still in the air-even in the workplace. According to a Harris Poll survey conducted on behalf of CareerBuilder, 37 percent of workers have dated a co-worker.

Those numbers, which were determined by surveying 3,252 full-time workers throughout the private sector, line up closely with last year's.

As far as where these relationships blossom, it varies. Twelve percent of respondents said their romance began during a late-night work session, while 10 percent saw it happen at post-work happy hour. That was tied with the 10 percent of people whose romance started with a chance encounter outside of work, followed by 9 percent who developed relationships during lunches.

As all of this occurs, a full 45 percent of employees don't know if their employer has a dating policy in place. And even if they do, 17 percent of the relationships involve someone who was married at the time.

Rosemary Haefner, CareerBuilder's chief human resources officer, writes in an email that companies should place greater emphasis on their dating policies. …

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