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The American Management Association, February 2003.

The American Management Association reports in its “2003 Survey on Workplace Dating” that few companies have a policy regarding workplace dating and most people are accepting of the practice. Sixty-eight percent of all men and 64 percent of all women surveyed said it was okay to date a co-worker; however, hierarchical considerations played a significant role in shaping the sample members’ responses. An overwhelming majority (96 percent) saw no problem with dating a peer. Only 27 percent of men and 18 percent of women, however, felt it was appropriate to date a superior. Even fewer respondents, 24 percent of men and 15 percent of women respectively, approved of dating a subordinate.

Far fewer respondents reported actually dating a co-worker: 26 percent of all men respondents and 36 percent of all women. The majority of those relationships were between peers. Men were more likely to date a subordinate, while conversely women were more likely to date a superior. Most felt that their relationships had no effect on their standing at work. The majority of workplace relationships (over two-thirds) were long term with 44 percent resulting in marriage.