Friday 22 September 2017

Half of Britons 'have had an office fling'

An office romance can have a negative impact on your career, a study suggests
An office romance can have a negative impact on your career, a study suggests

More than half of British workers have had an office romance, new research has suggested.

Six in ten Britons admitted to having a relationship with a colleague, of which over a third (35%) were reported to have ended badly.

The research from employment law experts Slater and Gordon showed that of the 2,000 subjects questioned, 70% said that their relationship had had a negative impact on their career, and 17% said it had cost them their job.

Harriet Bowtell, employment lawyer at Slater and Gordon, said: "It is not surprising that relationships in the workplace are common.

"However, it is notable that such a large proportion of people said that the relationship had a negative impact on their career. This is especially so for the more junior employee in the relationship, who is often a woman.

"Our research shows that the woman can be treated worse than the man particularly when a relationship ends badly, including being passed over for promotion, side-lined or even forced out of her job."

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