(You know the old saying about not, um, where you eat.) But as more Americans postpone marriage until their careers are established—and as hours get longer, with smartphones blurring work and play—it makes sense that attitudes are changing."Older generations saw work as a separate place," says Renee Cowan, Ph.But the caution was worth it: Five years after that first date, he proposed.A decade ago their romance would have been expressly forbidden.Still, dating at work can be a personal and professional minefield.
Even more shocking is that 40% of those 18-29 year olds would date their supervisors.The legal issue is what I like to call the "amplification" of potential liability that always exists around the employer-employee relationship.There will foreseeably be claims of favoritism, or even discrimination or harassment.According to a Career Builder survey, interoffice dating has a fairly high success rate--of the 38% of people surveyed that dated a co-worker at least once, 31% went on to marry that co-worker! If you believe the stats of new employees entering the workforce, it might seem so.But a lot of companies don't let the rank and file decide--they adopt policies that ban or limit workplace dating--all in the name of lowering liability.