LONDON, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- One in twenty employees have had office romances banned by their boss, according to a recent survey conducted by office design company Maris Interiors. 5% of those surveyed have either had relationships with colleagues banned in their contracts, or specifically discouraged by bosses.
And it's not just Jeremy Clarkson who's found love at the workplace: 56% of those questioned admitted to an office romance. Quite often it proved to be more than a fumble in the stationery cupboard, as 22% said that a "long term relationship" developed at work.
Human Resources Partner at Maris Interiors, Claire Walker warns however that bosses might be on dodgy legal ground by banning relationships at work. "The Human Rights Act 1998 gives everyone the right to a private life."
"As long as there has been no misconduct, such as sharing of confidential data, employees shouldn't feel worried about their jobs. Besides, we can't sack 56% of the UK's workforce!"
NOTES FOR EDITOR
1. Maris Interiors LLP is the UK's leading specialist in workplace design and creation. The company design and create world class working environments for occupiers throughout the UK and continental Europe. Their team of experts have extensive and in-depth knowledge of how good design can substantially improve business performance, save substantial amounts of money and help retain and attract key people.
2. 170 people participated in the survey, conducted between 21st - 25th March 2011.
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