06 3 / 2013
A recent survey conducted by Workplace Options about office romance shows that younger employees are way more open to them:
· 84 percent of millennials say they would engage in romance with a co-worker – compared to 36 percent of Generation X workers (age 30-45), and only 29 percent of Boomers (age 46-65).
· Overall, 47 percent of respondents reported that they had observed romantic relationships in the workplace.
· And 57 percent said that if they had a romantic relationship with a colleague, they would share information about it with others – either friends, co-workers or via social networks.
I don’t think these statistics are so startling. Millennials are less likely to see boundaries in the dating world. Popular television shows constantly highlight hook ups in the office and romances sprung among coworkers (Jim and Pam from The Office, Castle and Beckett from Castle, constant “will they or won’t they” between multiple crime solving partners and other coworkers). Considering one spends most of his or her day at work, is it so odd that they would find love in the office?