Are workplace romances a savvy investment?

The start of the Obamas' relationship, originating in the workplace, reflects a common trend among US workers, with 27% having had office romances according to a recent survey. Younger workers, in particular, seem more open to workplace romance due to the blurring of boundaries between professional and personal lives.

While office social events like the Christmas party can provide a romantic backdrop for some, they also bear the risk of alcohol-fueled misconduct and harassment. Employers, especially in the wake of #MeToo, are taking proactive measures to mitigate these risks, including designating sober individuals to oversee events.

Surprisingly, workplace relationships tend to last longer than those outside of work, possibly due to shared interests and understanding of each other's professional stresses. However, extricating oneself from a workplace relationship can be complicated, with potential career and financial costs, especially when the relationship involves a boss and a subordinate.

Interestingly, the report also highlights that employees who date their bosses may experience a salary increase, with women benefiting the most. However, the fallout from a breakup with a manager may result in increased unemployment for women and reduced retention of other employees in the company.

As lighthearted holiday parties approach, it's important to bear in mind both the potential for budding romance and the potential career and financial implications of workplace relationships.  

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