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Although mixing work and love can be troublesome, most people have had at least one workplace romance in their career

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Are you looking for love? Are you at work? You might just find the love of your life in the cubicle next to you.

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According to CareerBuilder.com’s annual office survey, released just before Valentine’s Day, 39 per cent of workers said they have dated a co-worker at least once during their career.

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Seventeen per cent of those surveyed said they dated a colleague at least twice.

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Thirty per cent of those who have dated a co-worker said their office romance led them to the altar.

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While the majority of relationships developed between colleagues, 29 per cent of workers who have dated someone at work said they have dated someone who was higher than them in the company hierarchy.

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Sixteen per cent admitted to dating their boss.

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Women were more likely to date someone higher up in their organization – 38 per cent compared to 21 per cent of men.

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The industry with the most workplace romances was the leisure and hospitality sector. They were followed by these industries: information technology, financial, health care, and professional and business services.

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More than 26 per cent of employees said that what someone does for a living influences whether they would date that person.

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Six per cent of workers said someone broke up with them because their job required them to spend too many hours at the office, they didn’t make enough money or the person didn’t like what they did for a living.

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The majority of workers tend to date people who work in a different profession or in a different role than them, but about 20 per cent of workers said that they are more attracted to people who have a similar job.

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It’s no surprise that most office romances began in social settings outside of the office. Running into each other outside of work (12 per cent), happy hours (12 per cent), late nights at work (12 per cent), followed by at lunch (11 per cent) were among the most popular catalysts for dating co-workers.

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While most workers who have had office romances said they were open about it, 35 per cent said they had to keep their relationship a secret.

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Have you ever had an office romance? How did it turn out? Did you have to keep it a secret or was it out in the open? Let Globe Careers know (confidentiality ensured). E-mail us at careerquestion@globeandmail.com.

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