SINGAPORE: Men are more open to office romance than women, while younger workers are more open about romantic relationships with colleagues than their older counterparts.
These findings came from a survey by Singapore's online job portal, JobsCentral.
The survey found that 44 per cent of men are open to dating someone from the office.
Nearly two-thirds (63.9 per cent) of female respondents said they would not date their colleagues.
A total of 2,281 respondents took part in the online survey between August and September 2011.
They come from all levels of occupation and income groups.
The survey found out that both genders are most open to dating a colleague of the same rank as they are - 60.8 per cent of men and 49.4 per cent of women said they are open to it.
Men are most averse to dating their superiors, while women are most averse to dating their subordinates - 60.5 per cent of men said they will avoid dating a superior while 75.8 per cent of women said they will avoid dating a subordinate.
Michelle Lim, COO of JobsCentral Group, said: "Singapore workers are generally wary of potential gossip that may arise from office romances, so many will either shy away from it or keep it under wraps. There seems to be an unwritten rule to draw a clear line between work and romance, particularly between managers and those who report to them.
"However, if you are dating someone in the office, it is advisable that you also socialise with other people in the company. More importantly, keep work strictly separate from your personal relationships," she advised.
"For managers, if you are seeing a subordinate, it is often not enough to just make sure you remain impartial. You should let your boss know about the situation.
In many cases, the company may require one of you to transfer to another team to prevent issues like unhealthy gossips, allegations of favouritism and management difficulties," she added.
The survey also found that younger workers are open to dating a colleague, with 46.4 per cent of workers aged below 30 saying they are open to dating or have dated someone in the office.
Older workers generally disapprove of office relationships, with 64.9 per cent of those aged 41 to 50 saying they will avoid dating someone in the office.
The survey found that office romance does not affect work relationships with others.
Close to 80 per cent of respondents who admitted to have dated someone at work indicated that they were not treated negatively by other colleagues after their office romance was made public.
However, those who dated a subordinate faced the most hostility.
23.3 per cent experienced negativity at work, compared with 19.3 per cent of those who dated someone of a similar rank.
Managers and directors are most cautious about office romance, while managers and directors showed the most objections against dating a colleague.
64.3 per cent said they would not date someone from work.
On the other hand, associate professionals and technicians are most liberal with office romance.
50.9 per cent indicated they would start a romantic relationship in the office.
Well, office relationship is one thing... But usually I would advise not to...
Becoz if one day things turn sour, it's be quite akward to see each other in office almost everyday...
yup.....thats true.yor wife get scolded by boss then u burst into office n hack up the boss with axe.
The best part of office romance is have sex after office hours in the office itself. Either in empty conference room or on the carpeted floor or at pantry(standing or on pantry table)
Don't shit in the same place as where you're eating.