A PAYSCALE OFFICE ROMANCE REPORT
Methodology: Office Romance Report
  1. OVERVIEW: Data on dating in the workplace was based on the following questions from the PayScale employee survey:

    •  Have you ever dated someone at work?
      • Yes, I married someone I worked with
      • Yes, I had a serious relationship with someone at work
      • Yes, I casually dated someone at work
      • Yes, I "hooked up" with someone at work but nothing serious
      • No, but I wouldn't rule it out in the future
      • No, and I never would
      • Other
      • Prefer not to answer

    • (If "Yes" to previous question) What was your professional relationship with the person you got involved
      with at work?
      • It was my boss
      • It was a co-worker I worked with regularly
      • It was an employee of mine
      • It was a co-worker I didn't work with regularly
      • It was a client/vendor/partner from outside my company
      • Other
      • Prefer not to answer

  2. Percentages were calculated from the total number of respondents who answered any response except "Other" and "Prefer not to answer."
  3. Data was gathered from 42,000 respondents to the questions between December 2012 and January 2013.
  4. Since not all questions on the PayScale survey are required, some of the data (e.g. generation) used a subset of the overall sample.

DEFINITIONS:

Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA): The PayScale survey includes a question about location. We've sorted the answers into their appropriate MSA designations. These are the geographic areas defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) (December 2003 Definition).  To be considered an MSA, the area must contain a core urban population of 50,000 or more.  Each MSA consists of one or more counties, including the county containing the core urban area and any adjacent counties that have a high degree of social or economic integration with the urban core.  The latter is measured by commuting to work.

We specifically focus on the 100 largest metros as determined by population estimates given by the United States Census Bureau on July 1, 2010.

Generation:  The PayScale survey includes a question about age. We've defined "Baby Boomers" as those between the ages of 49 and 67, "Generation X" as those between the ages of 32 and 48, and "Generation Y" as those between the ages of 20 and 31.

Job Types:  These categories are defined by O*NET. PayScale assigns each individual job to an O*NET category.

Employer Type: The PayScale survey includes a question about employer type. Possible answers are College/University, Company, Contract, Franchise, Government –Federal, Government – State & Local, Hospital,  Non-Profit Organization, Private Practice/Firm, School/School District, and Self-Employed.

Income Level: The PayScale survey includes several questions about income. Income data represented here is Total Cash Compensation.

Total Cash Compensation (TCC): TCC combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or value of other non-cash benefits (e.g., healthcare). 

Education: The PayScale survey includes questions about level of education achieved. For this data package, people were sorted into the following levels of educational attainment: "High School," "No Degree," "Some College," "Associate's Degree," "Bachelor's Degree," "Master's Degree," "M.B.A.," "M.D.," "J.D." and "Ph.D."

Gender: The PayScale survey includes a question about gender. The response is either "Male" or "Female."

CATEGORY METHODOLOGY:

Most Likely To Find Love at Work: These are the percentages of respondents who answered either "Yes, I married someone I worked with" or "Yes, I had a serious relationship with someone at work" to the first question.

Most Likely To Have A Fling at Work: These are the percentages of respondents who answered "Yes, I 'hooked up' with someone at work but nothing serious" to the first question.

Most Likely To Date The Boss: These are the percentages of those who answered "Yes, and it was my boss" to the second question. The second question is only asked to those who answered one of the "Yes" options on the first question, so this is the percentage of those who dated the boss of those who dated anyone at work.

Most Likely to Be On The Prowl: These are the percentages of those who answered either "Yes, I casually dated someone at work," "Yes, I 'hooked up' with someone at work but nothing serious" or "No, but I wouldn't rule it out in the future" to the first question.

Least Likely to Approve of Office Romance: These are the percentages of respondents who answered "No, and I never would" to the first question.

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