Research on dating in the workplace

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When in a workplace people grow bonds with their co-workers that go beyond just friendly 'lunch' meetings.

They grow in-depth relationships that deepen into romance.

Along with this, businesses and companies are still confused at whether or not they should interfere in the romantic relationship.

If they do choose to interfere, what department should be in control of handling the situation and what policies should be set if workplace romances do happen.

Industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology is the scientific study of the workplace.

Rigor and methods of psychology are applied to issues of critical relevance to business, including talent management, coaching, assessment, selection, training, organizational development, performance, and work-life balance.

Before you accept the offer of a date from that cute new guy in accounting, learn a little more about navigating the minefield of workplace romance. When you spend this much time with someone, you get to know them on an intimate, day-to-day level.

But while relationships which started in work have a good chance of success, 23 per cent of those questioned said attempts to find love during a night out had resulted in nothing more than a one night stand.

A spokesman for the survey, commissioned to mark the season eight DVD release of How I Met Your Mother, said: 'You might not think where you meet can affect how long a relationship lasts but it seems those who meet through work can expect more longevity than most.'But being in a relationship where you work in the same place as your partner also means you have something in common before you even get to know each other, and being in the same career means you are both like-minded and have similar interests.'And while other couples may struggle to talk to their other-half about work when they get home at the end of a long day because they don't understand or simply aren't interested, you're not going to have that problem if you marry a work colleague.

An increasing number of workplace romances are between more than just peers.

The study found that 29 percent of employees have dated someone in a higher position than them, up from 23 percent a year ago.

The most obvious downside to workplace relationships is that they can lead to sexual harassment claims, Pierce says, adding there have been more than 50 federal and state workplace romance-sexual harassment legal cases since 1980.

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