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Apr 13, 2004
George Anderson

By George Anderson

Increasingly, we hear people saying they have no life, but no shortage of work to do. This all work and almost no play lifestyle leaves many with few options when it comes to
developing a social life.

The reality, say some experts, is that many are turning to the workplace to fill their social and romantic needs.

The corresponding reality, say others, is that companies are having to become more involved in the social lives of their employees. In fact, according to a report in the San
Antonio Express
, the American Management Association estimates about 20 percent of companies in 2002 had official policies governing office romances.

Moderator’s Comment: What are your thoughts on the business implication of workplace romances?

Southwest Airlines encourages its employees to become socially engaged. A company spokesperson, Angela Vargo, told the San Antonio Express, “When
people go to work every day and love what they do, a lot of it has to do with the people they surround themselves with.”
George
Anderson – Moderator

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