One in five met their partner at work, study reveals
Published 12/02/2016 | 00:06
Many relationships start in the office, with one in five people meeting their partner at work, a new study has revealed.
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."