dog.jpgDon’t screw your coworkers!

That seems to be the consensus among most relationship gurus.

I typically get a steady stream of career experts sending me lists of dos and don’ts for employees when it comes to the matters of love. And as you can imagine, Valentine’s Day is open season. This month, I’ve gotten over 20 pitches from marketing people with news in some way related to Valentine’s or love or sex or romance.

It’s typically the same old same old — stay clear of office nooky. But one guy bucks the trend by saying workplace whoopee might indeed be a good thing.

HR departments are always trying to “sanitize the workplace for sexual relationships,” said Herman Aguinis, professor of organizational behavior and human resources at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. “By being overly concerned about sexual discrimination lawsuits, organizations have gone overboard in regulating workplace romances and, consequently, may have undermined their valuable human resources.”

Aguinis thinks there are “rewards” that come from office romances, beyond the rewards two lovers enjoy under the sheets.

You get:
* key organizational benefits, specifically increased performance,
* and satisfaction and commitment among employees.

He cautions against companies trying to put the kibosh on such relationships. Not that anyone can derail passion, rigth?

CareerBuilder just released a survey that showed: “Nearly four-in-ten (37 percent) workers said they have dated a co-worker at some time during their careers, in line with the 40 percent who said the same in both 2009 and 2008. Additionally, 32 percent said they went on to marry the person they dated at work.”

And it turns out younger workers are more than happy to have flings with their coworkers.

Another study by Workplace Options found that: “Half (51 percent) of younger workers aged 18-29 see a workplace romance as having positive effects, with the top positive effect being achievement of higher social or professional status at work. Older Americans disagree, with 79 percent arguing there are no positive effects from entering into a workplace relationship.”

Just like the old folks to put a damper on fun. Come on gray hairs, mashup already!

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