Dating when job problems

The reason: an internal inquiry into his relationship with a 26-year-old female employee. As companies grow and add employees, you will often see signs of budding workplace relationships.

Thousands of people come to Relate every year for help with their relationships.

"All employers should be concerned about workplace romances," Austin told Business News Daily.

Even more shocking is that 40% of those 18-29 year olds would date their supervisors.

Enforcing these policies can take their toll on a company. Earlier this year, Best Buy's chief executive, Brian Dunn, stepped down after an investigation by the board discovered he had shown "extremely poor judgment" with a 29-year-old female employee.

Just last month, Gary Friedman, the chief executive of Restoration Hardware, stepped down in the middle of the company's public offering. A couple years ago, Hewlett-Packard's chief executive, Mike Hurd, resigned amid accusations of falsifying expense reports to hide a personal relationship with an independent contractor.

Research from the Society for Human Resource Management revealed that 43 percent of HR professionals reported romances in their workplaces.

While all office romances have the potential to cause problems, those that involve a supervisor and one of their subordinates can have the largest ramifications.