Why Do Fools Fall in Love (at Work)? Factors Associated With the Incidence of Workplace Romance

Authors


  • Amy Nicole Salvaggio is now at the University of New Haven. The authors thank Wendy Casper, Rebecca Denney, Kevin Meyer, and Corrie E. Pogson for their help in collecting data.

Amy Nicole Salvaggio, Psychology Department, University of New Haven, 300 Boston Post Road, West Haven, CT 06516. E-mail: asalvaggio@newhaven.edu

Abstract

We conducted 2 Web-based survey studies to examine factors associated with the incidence of workplace romance. In Study 1, results based on data collected from 197 employees indicate that their degrees of perceived workplace sexualization and task interdependence were related to their observations of workplace romance. In addition, employees were most likely to report participating in a workplace romance when workplace sexualization and male–female social contact were high. In Study 2, results based on data collected from 80 employees indicate that their degrees of perceived workplace sexualization was related to their observations of workplace romance. Taken together, the results of the 2 studies suggest that work context is associated with the incidence of workplace romance.

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