Turn up the air conditioner and break out your HR manual, because seven out of 10 Canadian employees say romantic relationships between colleagues occur in their workplace.
The quarterly Randstad Workmonitor survey polled employees in Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Americas to get their opinions on office romance. Though once considered a taboo activity and grounds for termination, office romances were not considered a problem for 66% of the Canadian workers surveyed. Employers tend to disagree, however, says Stacy Parker, Randstad Canada's executive vice president of marketing.
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"Many employers frown on office relationships for good reason," says Parker. "It can disrupt productivity not only for those in the relationship, but those who work with the couple. It can also hurt morale if favouritism between the couple is perceived, or if the relationship ends very badly."
The survey polled 400 employed people between the ages of 18-65 in each of the 32 Randstad Workmonitor countries in April and May 2012.