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Once feared for its potential to spark sexual harassment claims, the office romance is losing its stigma.According to a 2006 Workplace Romance Poll by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Career Journal.com, restrictions against office dating have relaxed.And more workers are warming to the notion personally, the same survey found.About 40% of workers polled said they engaged in an office romance at least once in their career, up from 37% in 2001.Our career-driven society encourages office romances, Mathews says.
Compared to generations past, today's lovers are more likely to meet while crisscrossing the country or globe, he says.
With powerful forces -- such as the Internet and a 24/7 work world -- exerting influence on our passions, surprising trends are springing up on the romance front.
In a landscape of dual careers, Internet romances, and globalization, the long-distance marriage is growing in numbers. S., long-distance marriages increased by 23% between 20, according to census figures analyzed by the Center for the Study of Long Distance Relationships.
"You may have to face a breakup and continue to work with him or her," says Lisa Mainiero, professor of management at Fairfield University.
Still, the office can be a good place to meet a like-minded mate, she says.