Most employees OK with office romance
A recent survey reveals that a majority is fine with workplace relationships and keeping HR out of it. Messing around with the boss, however, crosses the line.
That's not to say you're not seeing your fair share of water-cooler-inspired action, but it's also an indication that your place of business isn't the chaste little pilgrim colony your human resources rep wishes it was.
Business Insider, in response to some pearl clutching over a recent column about sex in the workplace inspired by Liz Ryan's thoughts on the topic in Businessweek, surveyed nearly 2,500 readers to get their take. As long as the relationship in question isn't between a manager and a subordinate (nearly 65% of all respondents considered that the step too far), U.S. workers advise their colleagues to have at it.
Nearly 85% of those surveyed thought colleagues at the same company should be allowed to have sex, while 90% thought that was especially true of employees who didn't work with each other directly. As for human resources' role in their relationship, more than 92% don't want to fill out forms to have some fun and say it's none of that department's business what goes on beyond the workplace.
Though 37% of employees think mixing business an pleasure is a bad idea, 52% think it can work out just fine if it's handled correctly. Another 11% see workplace hookups as the best way to get to know attractive people.
Even if they haven't had sex with a colleague, the survey's respondents sure have been thinking about it. A full 90% have been sexually attracted to a colleague, while 84.5% have dreamed about having sex with someone they work with. Only 64% have followed through and hit on a co-worker, with 52% holding off because they still had to work with that person the next day.
The 54% of all workers who've had sex with their colleagues -- and 55% of those who've had sex with multiple co-workers -- are far less inhibited about the whole situation. Not only do 71% say their intra-office relations didn't affect their work, but 84% say it had no affect whatsoever on their future with the company.
Not only that, but 49% felt so confident in their decision that they had no qualms having sex with said colleague right there in the office. It's probably not the office productivity management has in mind, but it's also the strongest argument HR has for keeping your love life documented. Want to keep that private? Keep it out of the copy room.
Can't lead them, discipline them, or fire them if you cross the line with them. Never get into a situation that prohibits you from being able to do your job. Friendship is ok. Having sex isn't. Can't mix sex and work. It's like trying to mix water and gas.
Sometimes being a Adult is not doing it. We are more concern with keeping up with the Jones and Sex Sex SEX as opposed to making sure we demand a living Wage or keep our Government from passing the wrong laws. Guess you really do Reap what you Sow.
A lot of women would have nothing to talk about if it wasn`t for all the sex in the back
room at work.
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