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Brits Happy to Mix Business with Pleasure

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This Valentine’s Day, a new poll by Monster.co.uk has revealed that a fifth of Brits (21%) don’t see a problem with mixing romance and work, with one in five (10%) meeting their other half on the job.

This despite over half (51%) saying you should never mix the two and five per cent saying that a previous office romance has ended up affecting their career.

New love, new me

The survey also revealed that nearly half of Brits (44%) want to change jobs this year and 5% are keen to ditch their current relationship.

The top five things Brits are looking to change the most include:

  • Job (44%)
  • Fitness / healthy eating (15%)
  • Work-life balance (14%)
  • Finances (13%)
  • Learn a new skill / hobby (9%)

Andy Sumner, Managing Director for Monster UK & Ireland, commented;

“With colleagues working in close proximity to one other for many hours a week, it’s not surprising that a number of Brits have met their other halves in the workplace. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so if you’re thinking of dating a colleague, there are a few things you should consider.”

“Firstly, be open and honest with your colleague. Misleading a colleague could severely damage your reputation within a company as well as your relationship with other colleagues. Also, try to keep things discreet. Though it may be tempting to tell all, be mindful that this will place your situation under the microscope and add pressure to your relationship. Finally, take notice of and fully understand what is built into your contract and permitted regarding this sensitive subject. If your company policy makes things awkward, don’t panic. There are plenty of jobs out there which will allow you to find your perfect match in both work and play.”