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One in five met their partner at work, study reveals

Published 12/02/2016 | 00:06

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Many relationships start in the office, with one in five people meeting their partner at work, a new study has revealed.

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A survey of 1,600 adults by the TUC showed that one in three have had a relationship with a colleague.

A fifth of those questioned who are married or in a civil partnership met their partner at work.

The TUC warned office romances can cause problems, especially if one partner has a senior job.

The union organisation suggested workers should tell their boss about an office relationship, or check for any company policies on in-house romances.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "It's hardly surprising that relationships start around the water cooler - after all, we work longer hours than anyone else in Europe.

"Of course it is right to be careful and think through all the implications, but heavy-handed rules and blanket bans fail to understand human nature and are unnecessary.

"A bit of common sense from employers is all that's required."

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