Well, career intelligence firm Vault.com has released an office romance survey just in time for Valentine's Day that tells us which industries love themselves a little bit of office romance -- and which ones do not.
Let's face it: looking for love in all the wrong faces is more likely to happen if you pick the wrong industry for a living. So, where is the love these days?
Vault concludes that you're most likely to serve up a helping of love and romance in the hospitality and tourism industries. Verging on two-thirds (61%) of hospitality and tourism employees surveyed said that they've engaged in an office romance.
As a Gen Xer for whom The Love Boat was once popcorn-popping appointment television, this finding somehow isn't all that surprising. Besides, if two employees can get through ship-bound Norovirus together, then they can get through anything. Awww!
Where else can you find love with a little bit of advance career planning? Aim your cupid's arrow at a job in consumer products, retail and advertising, government, human resources and technology. Two words: Mulder and Scully.
Of course, if some industries are magnets for office romance, then it follows that employees in other industries would tend to repel each other! So in which industries are you least likely to find true love with a co-worker?
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries! While it would seem like our lab-coated, Viagra-creating counterparts should rank high on the office romance list, scientists are actually among the least likely to find the right moment with a fellow co-worker ("only" about one-quarter have done so). Way to make us doubt The Big Bang Theory, guys.
Vault also found a few other industries with low levels of love entropy*. These loveless industries include environment and accounting, internet and new media, law, real estate, manufacturing and education. You can kiss your social life goodbye even at work, I guess. By the way, do you know this will be The Good Wife's final season?
However, many employees apparently don't have a clue how their employers feel about office romance, since 44% of employees Vault surveyed were "unsure" if their company even had an office dating policy.
But let's dispel [sic], once and for all, with this fiction that two employees engaged in a lovey-dovey office romance don't know what they're doing. They know exactly what they're doing. There it is, the memorized, 25-word sentence!** Oh, nevermind. Happy Valentine's Day.
* Entropy is the measure of the amount of energy which is unavailable to do work. Thanks, Google.
**Actually, it is exactly 25 words, minus the [sic], and only including the first sentence. It's almost like I know what I'm doing here. Sort of.