New York Post: Taking a Chance on Love

October 15, 2007

Taking a Chance on Love: Rethinking Office Romance

“…In his new book, “Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow’s Big Changes,” [Mark Penn] predicts a relaxing of attitudes about workplace love.

“Many more people of both sexes are at work now, and there are many more office romances happening,” says Penn, who calls the office “the 21st-century singles bar.”

In recognition of this, Penn suggests, companies are going to need to do more than turn a blind eye, or forbid intermingling.

“They have to recognize the fact that there are much more likely to be real relationships among people at the office, and adopt more detailed policies,” he says – addressing, say, whether a romance needs to be disclosed, and how to best handle a breakup…”