Workplace Romance On the Decline, says Study


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Everyone must agree with the phenomenon that workplace romance is not an alien thing. Office goers usually notice romantic scenes in their work spaces or even some of them themselves get stuck into emotional relation or try to have a quality time with their female colleagues (should say cool ones). It is said that such a relation is struck just for a while or quality time pass. Whatever it is, nowadays people are thinking twice before having a relation with co-workers especially following the so called #MeToo movement which has caused a huge buzz around the world against sexual harassment practices in office spaces.
According to a research carried out by Direct Line, a London-based insurance company, cases of office or workplace romances have decreased after the #MeToo movement began and a large number of women came forward and took to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter to share their experiences at workplaces.
The research gets supports from human resources professionals who also admitted that workplace romances are less frequent now in the wake of the movement.
In the research it is found that in the UK around 75 per cent of the office goers admitted that they kept their workplace affair a secret from the HR department or their managers though 50 per cent of them admitted of being romantically involved with a colleague in the past.
Interestingly, the researchers also found that one out of 20 companies in the UK banned romantic relationships between staffers working in the same office. In the existing scenario, more companies are coming up with ‘no-dating in office’ policy.
What experts say : According to relationship experts, workplace romances aren’t uncommon but people should know where to draw the line. They should not let their romantic relationship affect their professionalism or vice versa. But striking the right balance is easier said than done.

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