Office flings can lead to marriage
Two out of five office romances have led to permanent relationships, often ending in marriage or civil partnerships, new research has found.
A survey of 1,000 employees discovered that two thirds of managers didn't mind workplace relationships as long as they didn't impact on work.
Despite the finding, almost one in three of those who date a colleague, kept it secret, while one in 10 said having a fling with someone in the office had a negative impact on their work.
Charles Elvin, chief executive of the Institute of Leadership & Management, which conducted the study, said: "Our survey shows that workplace romances are inevitable and not as destructive on careers as people may fear. Employers may want to think twice before vetoing love at work, or they risk forcing staff to hide their relationships, creating a culture of secrecy and deceit.
"The key is how employers handle workplace relationships; if organisations and their managers set clear guidance or policies with boundaries, then certain situations can be prevented. It will also help if policies are communicated down from various members as sometimes the boss is the last to know."
Around two out of five of the managers and workers surveyed said they have had a workplace relationship, usually starting in the office or at a social event, leading to marriage in 27% of cases.