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In a new survey, 59% of Canadian respondents said romantic relationships between work colleagues occur "from time to time," and 66% said it's not a problem.
But 37% of Canadians surveyed said office romances can interfere with a worker's performance at work. As well, 21% said they believe one of the two people involved in an office fling should resign their position.
"People spend a significant amount of time in the office and it is often a place where people feel a sense of community. The company is likely filled with people who share the same values, principles, work ethic, skills, and education. So it's not that surprising that romances tend to spark between employees," Stacy Parker, executive vice-president of marketing for Randstad Canada, said in a release.
Globally, 57% of respondents said office romances happen, and they happen more often in China, India and Malaysia, where 70% of workers said their co-workers turn to each other for love.
Romantic relationships at work are less common in Japan, where 33% of respondents said they happen, and Luxembourg, with 26% reporting lovebirds at work.
The Randstad Workmonitor survey interviewed at least 400 people in each of 32 countries between April 20 and May 7 through an online questionnaire.