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How Do Women Feel About Dating in the Workplace?

It’s long as it’s not me

We wanted to know how women feel about dating in the workplace. How many of you are cozying up to coworkers, and how do you feel about dating among ranks? We surveyed 314 women about their feelings around dating in the workplace, and here’s what they said.

How do women feel about dating in the workplace?

Just 16 percent of women say they have had a romantic relationship with a coworker, while 20 percent say they would be open to the idea.

Partnering up long-term is less common, with just 10 percent of women reporting they met their spouse or long-term partner at work.

A little nugget: It’s worth noting that 69 percent of women say they feel relationships in the workplace are fine, as long as they don’t interfere with work. Compare that to just 20 percent who would be open to it themselves. So for a large share of women, dating a coworker is just fine—as long as they’re not the ones doing it. 

When it comes to appropriateness of romantic relationships in the workplace, less than 1 percent of respondents say they believe romantic relationships in the workplace are appropriate without restriction (i.e., keep it profesh); 69 percent say it’s appropriate as long as it doesn’t interfere with work, and 30 percent say such relationships at work are never appropriate.

It’s a different story when it comes to dating someone who’s higher or lower ranking: Less than 10 percent of women say they feel it’s okay to have a relationship with a superior or direct report. 


Survey of 314 women in February 2020.

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By Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza

Content Strategist, InHerSight

Emily is on staff at InHerSight where she researches and writes about data that describes women in the workplace, women's compensation and contract literacy, and women's rights in the workplace. 

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