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Office love accepted and condoned
16/8/2005 17:49

Jane Chen / Shanghai Daily news

Love is all around! And office love, previously taboo, seems now to be more accepted and more likely to have a happy-ending, according to the latest survey released yesterday by, an online recruitment website.
Nearly half (42.0 percent) those polled said love affairs occurred from time-to-time in their office, while another 17 percent said such romance is "always" there.
Over half (51 percent) of the romances led to happy marriages, while 49 percent broke-up.
Senior Zhaopin analysts regarded office love as natural, as it's easy for people to fall in love with those who they spend most of the day with. Co-workers of the same age, background and work experience have a lot in common, they noted.
Despite 75-percent approval for such relationships, for some workers this workshop love is annoying. Fifteen percent of those surveyed regarded such relationships as disruptive to the balance between co-workers and led to unfairness, while 6 percent worry they may be detrimental to their own interests. Slightly over 4 percent said they would definitely dissapprove if such a relationship involved their boss.
This worry appears irrational, however, as the survey indicates that nearly 70 percent of office affairs occur between co-workers at a similar level, though it could also happen between employees on different rungs of the ladder (15 percent), bosses and their secretaries (9 percent) and employees and their clients (6 percent). The chance seems slimmest when it comes to bosses and middle-management, which made up a mere 1.5 percent.
At the same time, companies are taking an increasingly tolerant line towards office love, as nearly half (49 percent) of the company respondents say they won't interfere in such personal matters and 10 percent said they viewed it positively.
Only 5.6 percent of the companies polled said they are firmly against such occurances and would require one of the two parties involved to leave once the affair is exposed.