Dating coworkers statistics
These developmental shifts, research suggests, are some of the factors driving the increase in sexual "hookups," or uncommitted sexual encounters, part of a popular cultural change that has infiltrated the lives of emerging adults throughout the Western world.
"CE Corner" appears in the February 2012, April, July/August and November issues of the Monitor.
Times are changing, and as companies reach out to hire recent college graduates, employers should be aware of the potential risks.
A recent Workplace Options survey found that 84% of workers ages 18-29 say that they would have a romantic relationship with a coworker, compared to only 36% of workers ages 30-46 and 29% of Boomers ages 47 to 66.
In addition, 40% of young workers report that they wouldn't have a problem dating a supervisor, compared to only 10% of their counterparts in older age brackets.
State and federal anti-harassment laws require employers to take all reasonable actions to prevent unlawful harassment in the workplace.
Employees who embark on a relationship together should be aware of issues that may arise, including favoritism, discrimination and the chance of a hostile work environment.