Life in a cubicle a guide to dating a coworker

26 Oct

The online poll found that a staggering 42.4% of 56,000 respondents had dated a colleague at least once in their lives.

This shows nearly half of us have swapped sweet nothings at the fax machine.

The number of respondents to eight questions in the TOI poll ranged from 50,000 to 65,000.

Not surprisingly , 60% of them said they had no qualms about flirting at the workplace.

But for every success story, there are many more that end in regret.

Ahead, we rounded up 10 true tales of workplace romances that might have you thinking twice before you proposition your office crush this Valentine’s Day.

Social settings outside of work were cited most often in regard to workers connecting on a romantic level.

Some of the most popular catalysts for dating co-workers include: More: Sign Up For AOL Jobs' Newsletter What's on your business card may bring you a better love life than what's on your dating profile.

“Plus, you’re more attracted to someone when the stakes are higher.” As in, your colleagues might find out or (gulp) you get caught violating your company’s fraternizing policy.While the majority of workers surveyed tend to date people in different professions or functions, 20 percent report that they are more attracted to people who have a similar job.Given the long hours of some professions, or the naturally occurring bond between employees in high-stress jobs, considering your cubicle mate as a potential soul mate may not be a bad idea.And inter-workplace dating can beat swiping through hundreds of singles on an app.“In contrast to online-dating fatigue, gradually forming a connection in person with someone can feel refreshing,” says Syrtash.Between budget reports, department meetings and emails, how can two co-workers become more than just colleagues?The answer is simple: by getting out of the office.The 24-year-old got into a serious relationship with a senior colleague."We had to keep it secret as long as we worked in the same company -for two years -because he was my boss's friend." The hierarchy also made their work-life balance tricky .But does inter-office dating have to end up as a bad romance in your HR folder? Thirty percent of those who have dated a co-worker say that their office romance led them to the altar.From first glances to eternal vows, here's what Career Builder's survey discovered about the dating habits across America's workplaces.