2017 Study Urges Caution in Dating Co-Workers
“We are spending more time at work,” said Elaine Swann, a lifestyle and etiquette expert. “Relationships are now becoming more acceptable — especially because our work environments have become a lot more casual than they were in yesteryear.”
This comes as we are spending more time than ever in the workplace — the average work week in 2015 was 38.7 hours, compared with 38.1 hours in 1980 — and more than half of American employees didn’t take all their vacation days in 2015.
….But employees should enter such relationships (or casual flings) cautiously, given the amount of time they will spend together should the relationship break up.
The study found that less than half (42 percent) of people who said they had ever had an office relationship are still with that person.
For those who broke up, 46 percent of men report it ended amicably compared with only 38 percent of women.
Peter Post, managing director of the Emily Post Institute and author of “The Etiquette Advantage in Business,” said it’s important to follow a few guidelines to avoid conflict.
On that checklist to ensure everything is above board: Check with someone in human resources and alert superiors before entering a workplace relationship, Post says.