It is unsurprising that so many of us meet partners and spouses at work given the long hours and complete involvement we have in working lives. In today's City AM there's good advice from Matt Gingell on your rights as an employee - Matt's a partner at a law firm that specialises in employment - so he should know.
The wider issue is how a relationship affects our performance, the perception of our performance and how colleagues may behave towards you both.
Like many others I met my husband at work. We were ultra cautious about keeping the relationship a secret. Colleagues were only informed when we returned (from supposedly separate) holidays and announced our engagement. We were both single and at the same level on the senior management team at the organisation. I did not, however, want the relationship to affect any aspect of my working life. Times were a little different - we have been married 22 years - and I felt that the perception of being attached may change the way others treated me.
I was right. We were given an ultimatum - one of us had to leave. It was expressed in terms that there was "an unacceptable axis of power" should we both remain. Luckily, this type of behaviour would not be acceptable now.
I have seen situations where women in particular are treated differently once they are seen to be attached to someone in the same organisation.
Office romances happen and happy partnerships are often the result. In my experience discretion is always best - whatever the outcome.
"Will you be my office Valentine?” It’s well known that work is fertile ground for the blossoming of intimate relationships. And the City is more fertile than most, with colleagues working long hours together. But in what circumstances could employers put a stop to romance and discipline those having an office fling?