France leads the pack in terms of willingness to dive into a workplace romance.
Fifty-eight percent of respondents to a recent global poll on Monster.com, which asked: “Do you think a dating a colleague would harm your career prospects and would you do it?” said an office romance would harm their career.
Nineteen percent of respondents agreed an office relationship would be harmful career-wise, but would do it anyway.
Thirty-nine percent of respondents said they would abstain from dating a colleague. Here are the full results:
- 39% of respondents answered “Yes harmful and I would never date a colleague”
- 19% of respondents answered “Yes harmful, but I would date a colleague anyway (especially if we were attracted to each other)”
- 15% of respondents answered “Not harmful, but I would never date a colleague”
- 27% of respondents answered “Not harmful and I would date a colleague”
“The implications of dating a coworker are best examined on a case-by-case basis. Thoroughly understanding a company’s policies and culture is imperative,” said Mary Ellen Slayter, career advice expert for Monster. “If you’re interested in pursuing a colleague, treading carefully is always the smart approach.”
While respondents in the United States were most opposed to office romance, the French were the most in favor.
In France, 72 percent of respondents said an office romance would harm their career, but 49 percent said they’d date a colleague anyway.
Germany finished second behind France in terms of desire to date in-office with 24 percent of respondents saying they would date a colleague despite knowing it could hurt their career.
Only 9 percent of Indian respondents said they’d pursue an office romance despite believing it would harm their career, and 35 percent of respondents from EU countries said relationships are harmless and they’d date a colleague.
The poll, which was live on Monster.com between Jan. 6 and 20, received more than 5,100 responses.