While office romances are often fanaticized about in movies and on television, the majority of employees would rather stay away from work relationships, a new study finds.
Research from dating service It's Just Lunch revealed that 70 percent of employees prefer to date someone in a completely different line of work.
Not only do singles not want to date someone they work with, they also don't want to talk about their job no matter who they're out with. Just 4 percent of those surveyed love talking about business while on dates, compared with 47 percent who feel that while business discussions can be interesting on occasion, they would rather talk about other things.
"Work is a part of your life — not your entire life," It's Just Lunch spokeswoman Irene LaCota said. "And it seems most recognize that, and most are willing to close the laptop in exchange for the possibility of meeting a potential partner."
Only 2 percent of employees cancel dates for work-related issues, with more than 40 percent always making time for a night out, the study shows.
Employees are mixed on who they'll date. More than 40 percent would consider dating one of their company's clients or potential clients if the situation felt appropriate, but not in exchange for any business favors, with 36 percent avoiding those situations because they feel it would be unprofessional.
In addition, nearly half wouldn't want to go out with a workaholic, with 32 percent having no problem dating someone who regularly travels.
The research was based on surveys of more than 4,200 singles.