The study found that 29 percent of employees have dated someone in a higher position than them, up from 23 percent a year ago.It's not just higher ups throughout an organization employees have dated, 15 percent of those surveyed have dated their direct boss.None of this research proves that online dating causes couples to have a stronger relationship.

While the majority of employees feel comfortable making their office romances public, 38 percent of those surveyed had to keep the relationship a secret at work.

Keeping those secrets is easier said than done, however.

A study from Career Builder revealed that 41 percent of professionals have dated a co-worker, up from 37 percent last year and the highest percentage in the past 10 years.

Although most of these relationships eventually fizzle out, 30 percent of office romances lead to marriage.

As Business Insider previously reported, 80% of Tinder users say they're looking for a meaningful relationship — despite the app's reputation as a place to find hookups.

Plus, the more people you're exposed to, the more likely you are to find someone you're compatible with.[See Related Story: Flirting with Trouble: Office Romances Can Prove Costly] Dating someone higher on the corporate ladder isn't the only romantic risk some employees take.The research revealed that 19 percent of office relationships involved at least one person who was married at the time.And they found that compatibility was greater in partners after they had added those online-dating connections to that society.Earlier studies — in which real people were surveyed — have found relationships that begin online tend to have an advantage over those that began offline.On the flip side, however, five percent of employees said they left a job because of an office relationship gone bad.