Workplace friendships flow naturally into personal lives.Families become friends through their work connection.Her findings indicated that most respondents do not mind seeing a romance develop between two unmarried colleagues.They do object to relationships in which one or both coworkers are married to someone else, however, and they also object when the relationship is between a supervisor and his or her direct report. Poe, an HR freelance writer, also found in a Society for Human Resource Management white paper that adulterous affairs were a problem in some workplaces.In-the-know employees understand that some policies in their workplace are unwritten, but employees are expected to understand workplace norms.And, a fraternization policy is even more significant for employers.Traditional places like church, family events, and leisure time activities don’t present the same pool of candidates as they did in earlier times.The workplace provides a preselected pool of people who share at least one important area of common ground.
Considering the amount of time most people spend working, where else is a couple to meet?
But when a couple is genuinely serious about dating and building a relationship, popular opinion is more favorable.
Amy Nicole Salvaggio, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Tulsa, conducted a study of nearly 200 full-time workers in a variety of workplaces.
These relationships make sense because the commonalities that coworkers share such as proximity to the workplace, shared interests, similar ages, children about the same age, the actual work and customers, and similar incomes, encourage friendships and potential romantic relationships.
With so much in common, friendships and romantic relationships are a natural outcome of the environment.