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Infidelity, managers hooking up with subordinates are among findings of UK poll
Handling workplace romances that jeopardize marriages and often involve alcohol hardly sounds like an HR manager’s dream job, but if you’re up for the challenge, you may want to seek employment in the United Kingdom.
Because there, half of office romances involved at least one person who was already in a relationship or married, and nearly half had been drinking alcohol when the romance blossomed, according to a survey of U.K. workers released Feb. 9, 2015, by London-based Approved Index, which matches buyers with suppliers of business products and services.
“The office is a breeding ground for office hookups, infidelity and cross-structural love affairs, leaving the HR department in quite a predicament,” wrote Approved Index editor Trilby Rajna in a news statement. “All these illicit office dalliances and cross-structural affairs have the potential to go very wrong.”
The survey focused exclusively on employees who worked in an office setting. In conjunction with online survey site Vivatic, Approved Index polled 1,550 UK office workers from Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2015.
Among the findings:
The largest percentage of those who answered the survey (25.8 percent) were 25 to 34 years old. The industries most represented were the public sector, engineering, education, accounting, banking/finance, technology/IT, and retail.
Rajna said many of the survey respondents expressed regret about their office romances.
Dana Wilkie is an online editor/manager for SHRM.
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