A stunning 20% of people who told Career Builder that they had dated someone at the office admitted that at least one person in the relationship was married.
Perhaps that makes sense given the amount of time we spend at work: In an office relationship, you can relate to the struggles someone faces from 9 to 5, says Brownlee.
You spend about a third of your life while you’re awake at work.
No-one says anything to discourage you from chatting up someone you fancy at a bar, even though that attraction has nothing to go on bar looks and the snippets of conversation that you manage to hear above the music.
If you know a person socially or through work and you develop a crush on them, then it’s probably down to more than just their looks. And yet that’s when we tell ourselves NOT to go for it. I got together with my boyfriend after living with him for four years as housemates, and it’s worked out for us so far.
And a whopping 31% of office relationships result in marriage—meaning they can't always be a bad idea, right?
Here's how to make sure pursuing love won't cost you your job: Avoid Getting Involved with the Wrong Person According to the Career Builder survey, 24% of intra-office relationships were with someone higher up in the organization.
Chas Rampenthal is general counsel and vice president of product development at Legal Zoom.