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47% fewer Brits have found love at work in the past year, study finds

With more Brits working from home this seems to have had a direct impact on workplace romances, which have been on the decline. More than half of UK employees (claimed to have found love or had a flirtation at work (53%), according to a new study, but less than 3% of Brits engaged in any type of office romance in 2021. 

With many employees now finally heading back to their place of work following the easing of Covid restrictions in January, online printing company instantprint surveyed 2,000 UK adults to learn the nation’s attitudes to love in the workplace, and how people would approach this in 2022  

Despite so few workers finding love ‘in the office’ over the past year, one in five (19%) still believe that it is the best place to meet a significant other, and is as effective as being introduced to someone via a friend (19%). 

Other popular ways of finding a partner included in a bar, club, or music venue (15%), through a family member (8%), or via a dating website (8%).  

Surprisingly, despite an influx of new users signing up to dating apps during the pandemic¹, just four percent of UK adults voted dating apps as their go-to place when looking for love. 

Back in the workplace, age seemed to be a key factor when it comes to our hunt for love, with more than a quarter (26%) of 18-24-year-olds admitting they ‘don’t ever believe an office romance to be appropriate’. Comparatively, just sixteen per cent of those aged 25-34 agreed with this statement. 

Similarly, 18-24-year-olds were found to be the age group least likely to be motivated to head back to their workplace to see an office crush (10%), whilst 55-64-year-olds were found to be the most likely to do so (20%). 

When quizzed about the lengths they’d go to in order to get the attention of their workplace crush, making sure to check in regularly was found to be the most popular approach (32%). 

Other top tactics include asking for help with work-related tasks (29%), dressing to impress (24%), and making sure to congratulate them on their achievements (22%). 

A brave few admitted they preferred a more direct approach, with a fifth (20%) going so far as to ask their work crush out on a date.  

Most popular tactics used by UK workers to gain the attentions of their office crush  % 
Check in with them regularly  32% 
Ask for their help with a workplace task  29% 
Dress to impress  24% 
Congratulate them on their achievements  21% 
Ask them out on a date  21% 
Use emojis when talking to them  18% 
Follow them on social media  16% 
Update work profile pictures  11% 
Send them a funny GIF  11% 
Invite them to a lunchtime video call  10% 

Men were found to be almost three times more likely than women to ask their work crush out on a date (32% vs. 11%). 

Scotland claimed the top spot as the most accepting region in the UK for office romances, with just 15% of workers feeling that they’re never appropriate.  

The least tolerant regions for office relationships in the UK are The Isle of Man (50%), and Wales (24%). 

As well as being the most tolerant of office relationships, Scots also came out as the most daring, with Scottish workers most likely to ask their crush out on a date (25%). 

Head of Team Experience at instantprint Vicki Russell commented on the survey findings: 

On average, we spend around 1,800 hours a year with our colleagues, which means it’s not uncommon for personal relationships such as friendships and even romantic partnerships to form alongside professional ones, especially in a workplace like instantprint where we hire our team based on shared core values. 

“The stats revealed in this study might suggest that romantic relationships are on the decline, but that could also indicate that work culture is not in the same place as it was pre-pandemic. As we head back into the office and grow more connected with colleagues again, romances could very well make a comeback.” 

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