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Offices become dating grounds

The office is the place where most romances blossom.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2007 19:07 IST

When it comes to finding romance, a new Oz survey has found that most Aussies feel that the perfect place to find love is the office.

The survey, by, found the majority of Australians had already dates a colleague.

It also noted that 57 per cent of the 1151 respondents have found their current spouse or partner at work.

Kate Southam, the News Limited website's editor, said "given the amount of time we spend in the office", the news that the work-place is a hotbed for a budding romance is not surprising.

Another aspect that Southam said was not surprising in the least, was the fact that though most romances take place in the office, 66 percent of the people tend to keep it a secret.

“However, dating at the office is fraught with dangers so again I am not surprised 66 per cent of people kept their office romance a secret,” quoted her, as saying.

The poll found that while more than 50 percent of the people would have no problems working with their partner, there was still 31 per cent who would prefer to be on a different department or team in the company.

There was also some bad news for all those male bosses who have a secret crush on one of their juniors, because 60 per cent of women thought dating the boss was off limits.

The poll also found that more than 50 percent of female respondents said that sexual advances from a colleague or client made them uncomfortable in their presence. However, only 33 per cent of men felt the same way.

Kate Southam revealed that the reasons why romances in the office blossom is because though there can be policies around sexual harassment, there are no policies around co-workers dating.

"Employers can have policies around sexual harassment or harassment if a work relationship sours but they cannot create policies around co-workers dating,” she said.

"However, at an individual level, there are definitely strategies and personal 'rules' to follow when it comes to workplace dating if you want to avoid a career backlash," she added.

First Published: Jan 30, 2007 00:00 IST