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Netherlands – Love at the workplace, yes or no?

14 February 2013

Most people will be aware of the fact that today, on Valentine’s Day, couples around the world will celebrate their affection for each other. But what about office romances, should they be allowed or not? According to a new survey by staffing firm Unique, the majority of workers have no problem with love at the workplace.

44% of over 500 surveyed said that dating colleagues is not an issue – as when it comes to love “everything is allowed.” Meanwhile around 19% said that going out with a work colleague is fine, as long as employees don’t date their managers.

The online survey asked respondents whether they would date a colleague or not. 5% said they would do anything for a promotion, indicating that only supervisors would be a suitable date. But compared to last year, this figure has fallen by -3%.

At the same time, 32% of Dutch workers said they would definitely not date a colleague and would rather resign before embarking on an office romance.

“Every year we ask Dutch workers the same question in the run-up to Valentine's Day. Compared to last year, there is little change in the way employees look at love in the workplace. For some, everything is allowed in love and for others this is absolutely not [the case]. In practice, office romances happen regularly. This is logical, because work covers a large part of your life,” said Raymond Puts, managing director at Unique.

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