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Peninsula Ireland warned office romances can be damaging to the workplace

Peninsula Ireland warned office romances can be damaging to the workplace

Peninsula Ireland warned office romances can be damaging to the workplace

A Valentine's Day study has revealed there isn't a fairytale ending for the majority of office-based romances.

The survey by the employment law consultancy Peninsula Ireland also showed up to 93% of people have admitted to having a secret crush on a colleague.

However 22% of office romances end up with employees getting married.

Alan Price, managing director of Peninsula Ireland, said when office romances go bad they can prove a real mess.

"When employees' personal relationships come to an end they can have a majority adverse affect on working relations and also workplace harmony when other employees start taking sides," said Mr Price.

"You can't just delete the ex-partner from your phone contacts and move on, you still have to work with the person and at times this can prove difficult for employees and can affect performance.

"On a more positive note, it is not uncommon for these office romances to flourish into love, with wedding bells more common than ever between fellow employees."

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A total of 974 employees from a wide variety of industries were quizzed for the survey via telephone and in person between January 14 to February 8.


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