More than a quarter of British office workers find love in the workplace with just under one in ten of us finding ‘the one’, according to a new survey.
The poll, by LondonOffices.com, quizzed office workers on their dating habits and asked if they consider the office to be a good place to find a partner.
A love-struck 28% admitted to finding a long term partner at work while a loved-up nine per cent had married a work colleague.
Just under half of those questioned, 46%, confessed to having been on a date with a co-worker, although many of those relationships lasted weeks, rather than years.
Quizzed on why the office is a good place to meet a mate, 29% agreed that you tended to find a partner who was like-minded and shared the same interests.
Over a fifth, 22%, claimed by spending eight hours a day, five days a week with the same people, you couldn’t help but find someone you were attracted to.
For 16%, moving in the same after work social circles made the office the perfect place to find a love interest.
A workaholic 12% agreed that by sharing the same office hours, you knew when each other were free to go out and could head out on a date straight from work.
For nine per cent, spending time together in the office means you know your date’s faults before you spend any quality time together – so know exactly what you’re letting yourself in for.
Other reasons included trusting someone you worked with, friends playing cupid and flirting helped pass the time on quiet days.
One respondent said: “My husband and I met at work and have now been together for over 15 years. The company we both worked for at the time was small and we all got on really well. Working in the same place meant we shared the same interests so I guess it was only natural that we got together.”
Another added: “I’ve dated a few women from our office but it’s never turned into anything serious. You spend so much time together as colleagues that it’s no surprise that you end up hooking up with a few of them. A bit of flirting never hurt, it helps us get through the boring days.”
A third commented: “Going out with someone from the office gets a big no from me. Why would I want to spend all day, every day with the same person? It’s bad enough spending eight hours with some of my colleagues, let alone seeing them out of work.”
A spokesperson for LondonOffices.com said: “We spend so much time at work that it seems only natural that at some point we’re likely to date a work colleague.
“The important thing to remember is that while you’re at work, your relationship needs to be a work one, not a personal one. So remember, no romantic interludes in the stationery cupboard and no footsie under the boardroom table.
“You don’t want to be caught in a compromising position and your other work colleagues certainly do not want to find you in one.”