A Third of Workers Have Dated a Co-Worker, Finds Annual CareerBuilder.ca Valentine's Day Survey

    - One-in-Five End Up Marrying Co-Workers They Dated -

    TORONTO, Feb. 10 /CNW/ -- With Valentine's Day right around the corner,
cupid's arrows have started to fly -- and may be landing in a cubicle or
office near you. Thirty-four per cent of workers reveal they have dated a
co-worker at some time during their careers, with 14 per cent admitting to
doing it twice or more, according to CareerBuilder.ca's annual office romance
survey. Twenty per cent said they went on to marry the person they dated at
    Office courtships may be stemming from current workplace crushes. Ten per
cent of workers currently work with someone who they would like to date, with
more men (13 per cent) than women (5 per cent) reporting they would like to do
    "Workers spend more than 40 hours per week with their co-workers, which
in some cases can lead to relationships," said Remy Piazza, Managing Director
of CareerBuilder Canada. "While workplace relationships may be more accepted
these days, with 75 per cent of workers saying they didn't have to keep their
romance a secret, it's still important for workers to keep it professional and
not let their relationship impact their work or the work of others."
    Thirteen per cent of workers, who dated someone at work, reported that
their relationships started because of love at first sight. Some other
situations where office romances found their spark included:

    -- Happy Hour
    -- Ran into each other outside of work
    -- Late-night working
    Workers, who dated someone at work, provided the following top five
examples of the most romantic things they have done in the office:

    1.) Gave a co-worker, flowers made out of post-it notes stuck on a straw.
    2.) Had lunch brought to me by my boyfriend.
    3.) Ate a late night picnic with candles after everyone had left.
    4.) Placed a cookie and a note on the desk of the person I was dating.
    5.) Wrote little notes and hid them in the warehouse for her to find.
    The survey also showed the repercussions of workplace romance, with 5 per
cent of workers, who have dated someone at work, saying they have left a job
due to an office romance.
    Survey Methodology
    This survey was conducted online within Canada by Harris Interactive on
behalf of CareerBuilder.ca among 577 employees (employed full-time; not
self-employed; non-government) ages 18 and over between November 12 and
December 1, 2008 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset of
Canadian employees, based on their responses to certain questions). With a
pure probability sample of 577 one could say with a 95 per cent probability
that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 4.08 percentage points,
respectively. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.
    About CareerBuilder.ca
    CareerBuilder is a leading job site in Canada. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc.
(NYSE:   GCI), the Tribune Company, The McClatchy Company (NYSE:   MNI) and
Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT), CareerBuilder.ca powers the career centers for
more than 175 Canadian partners that reach national, local, industry and niche
audiences. These include leading portals such as AOL Canada and Macleans.ca.
Job seekers visit CareerBuilder.ca every month to search for opportunities by
industry, location, company and job type, sign up for automatic e-mail job
alerts, and get advice on job hunting and career management. For more
information about CareerBuilder.ca products and services, visit

     Media Contact
     Michael Erwin
     Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
     +1 773-527-3637


For further information:

For further information: Michael Erwin, Senior Manager, Corporate
Communications of CareerBuilder.ca, +1-773-527-3637,
Michael.Erwin@careerbuilder.com Web Site: http://www.careerbuilder.ca

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