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.If your business doesn't have such a policy, it’s time to consider it.Nearly half the employees surveyed say office romances are going on at work, and even if they don’t care, you need to be concerned about sexual harassment charges and complaints about perceived (or real) employee favoritism.Predictably, they’re often fear-based, knee-jerk reactions that seem as serious as David Letterman’s Top Ten Lists.Scurrying to protect themselves, senior executives have attorneys draft agreements for their potential paramours to sign, stating that quarreling lovers will submit to binding arbitration rather than the 90s version of kiss-and-sue.
A whopping 84 percent of workers ages 18-29 say they would have a romantic relationship with a co-worker, compared to just 36 percent of Generation X workers (ages 30-46) and 29 percent of Boomers (age 47-66), according to a recent Workplace Options survey.And while to some, workplace romances may seem harmless, they, in fact, can lead to serious problems, says Charles A.Pierce, an associate professor of management in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis, whose research interests include workplace romance and sexual harassment.Considering their popularity and vast amount of organizational and relational implications, they warrant study. My initial studies of workplace romance examined the implications of dating at work: namely, do individuals treat you differently based on the status and sex of who you are dating at work?As you might expect, they do in terms of honesty, credibility, closeness, trust, and disclosure. Despite the above findings, a lingering question that remained was do people date at work?Industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology is the scientific study of the workplace.