US firms frown on dating the boss: study
[ 2007-02-12 08:46 ]
Workplace romance is
popular in US
Some 45 percent of companies ban such liaisons, while 14 percent say
they discourage workplace
romances , though they do not have a formal policy on the
issue, said the study released Wednesday by the consulting firm
Challenger, Gray &Christmas.
Only three percent "simply turn a blind eye
to such matters," added the study, based on a survey of
100 human resource executives.
A recent survey on the job site Vault.com showed that 60 percent of
workers admit to having had an office romance, up from 46 percent three
years ago. And some 38 percent say they are aware of a romance blossoming
in their workplace.
The consulting firm noted that having easy access to the Internet at
the office further stokes the romantic fires.
"Adding a new wrinkle to
the workplace romance issue is the growing popularity of networking sites,
such as LinkedIn, MySpace and Friendster, that make the time it takes for
an office romance to bud about as fast as your Internet connection," said
the firm's president, John Challenger.
"More workers have access to an increasingly interactive Internet right
at their desks. With Web 2.0, as this more collaborative Internet is
known, it is easier to foster and hide intra-office relationships," he
said in a statement.
Challenger, Gray &Christmas咨询公司指出，办公室里上网方便也是滋生恋情的重要因素。
romance : 办公室恋情
turn a blind eye
to : 熟视无睹
wrinkle : a
clever trick, method, or device（新方法；新手段）