When cupid strikes at workplace, it might bring two hearts together, but it adversely affects the speed and quality of work, according to a survey. As per a report on 'Romance at Workplace' by Teamlease Services, India's largest staffing company, at least 56 per cent of the respondents felt there was a negative impact on quality and speed of work due to romantic liaisons at offices.
Several factors lead to an office affair, including long work schedules and proximity with colleagues.
However, predominantly executives (44 per cent) attribute 'ambition to move-up-the-corporate ladder' as one of the reasons for the romantic link ups. Employees saw getting involved with bosses as the quickest way to salary hike or promotion. It is just not the single who were ready to mingle, even married men and women were getting involved to a considerable extent, the report revealed.
At least one-third (34 per cent) of the working executives in the corporate sector saw no harm in romancing married colleagues, the survey conducted by global research firm Synovate for Teamlease, said.
A large number of working executives (59 per cent) felt women were equal partners in office romances with many even initiating affairs, the survey said. A high number of executives (56 per cent) were clear on the issue that organisations should not interefere in romantic involvement between employees.
Overall, 16 per cent of those polled admitted to have been romantically involved with their office colleagues. The survey comprised respondents belonging to top 500 companies in India. The questionnaires were administered to employees in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune, Chandigarh and Hyderabad.