Workers looking for an office romance should head for the IT department when Valentine's Day approaches, says Business Environment (BE), the UK serviced offices provider.
According to a BE survey, 55% of IT workers revealed they had had a relationship or fling with someone they worked with. They were closely followed by 54% of marketing, advertising and PR professionals and 53% of workers in telecoms also admitted that they'd had a work based relationship. Of the 3000 respondents, only 37% said they'd had a relationship based at work, compared with 63% who had not.
Interestingly, graduate trainees and scientists were the least likely to have a work based relationship: 81% of graduate trainees and 74% of scientists revealed that they'd had no romantic encounters at work!
Steve Moore, BE's marketing manager commissioned the wide ranging survey which surveyed office workers throughout the UK and across a broad spread of industries. He commented: "this is a fascinating insight into the personal lives of the UK office workers. It's certainly thrown up a few surprises and challenged the office stereotypes that we assume to be true. It was particularly interesting to see that science and technology based professions have a higher incidence of office romances; as this may not necessarily reflect many people's assumptions."