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BizReport : Research archives : February 12, 2015

Study: SMBs mixing business and pleasure

Entire sections of employee manuals have been written about it, most workplaces have an unwritten rule about it...but it turns out fraternization may be more common than experts thought. That is the takeaway from a new report out from Manta which shows that over half (53%) of SMB owners either are working with or have worked with a significant other.

by Kristina Knight

No dating of co-workers or subordinates. It's a common, unwritten rule in most businesses, even in some small businesses. But that isn't stopping anyone from meeting and dating and possibly marrying a co-worker, at least according to a new Manta study which finds not only have many people worked with a significant other, most also say the relationship - both work and personal - has thrived because of their proximity.

Some interesting take-aways from the report include:

• 66% say working together and dating 'had a positive impact' on their relationship
• 31% of SMB owners say they 'regularly choose' business over romance
• 58% say they've got the work-love balance figured out
• 57% said owning their own business helped 'keep the romance alive'

As for those for whom romance at work didn't work out about half (48%) said rifts were caused from too much togetherness while 40% said they 'had trouble' leaving business issues at the office. About 5% said they either talked too much about work while at home or working together caused them to neglect other interests.

Tags: fraternization rules, Manta, SMB trends, work relationship

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