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The Lure of the Office Romance

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This story appears in the February 2014 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Secret lovers, yeah, that's what we are. According to a survey of employees and HR professionals by the Society for (SHRM), 42 percent of businesses had instituted either written or verbal workplace- policies, up 20 percent from 2005. However, 75 percent of HR professionals believe having employees sign "love contracts" is ineffective and simply causes them to hide their interoffice relationships. Evren Esen, SHRM's Survey Research Center manager, explains.

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What did you find surprising in the survey results?
We asked employees whether they've been involved in a workplace romance, and I think the difference between what employees admit (24 percent say they have been involved) and what HR professionals are saying (43 percent have been aware of relationships) stands out.

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