Things really heat up when it's cold outside
So many movies and shows portray steamy relationships between people who work in the same office, hospital, or other workplace. It never seems to turn out well for the characters, but that doesn’t stop people from taking that risk in real life. You start to feel some chemistry between you and the hot new person in accounting, you start flirting, then one night, your passions run wild.
However, these types of relationship may not be in your best interest, according to a new study. If you had thoughts about taking a chance of your co-worker, you may want to peruse these statistics first.
Reboot Digital, a website and social media management company, decided to get the real info on what’s goes on when most of the office workers go home, and just a few are left to their own devices. They interviewed 2,017 people who work in offices about their experiences with in-office romance, and the statistics are as shocking as they are steamy.
Almost half (45%) of the respondents admitted that they had dated a co-worker. Of those respondents, 12% of the romances were between a boss and an underling! Those bosses may publicly say that they don’t allow people to dip their pen in the company ink while doing it themselves though. Many bosses said they did not approve of affairs between co-workers — about 26%.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of interoffice romance is that most of the relationships begin in the winter months. For 66% of those who struck up love affairs with co-workers, they said it began in the wintertime. No surprise, it may be because of those pesky office Christmas parties. Thirty-one percent of first kisses between co-workers takes place at the office Christmas party, so stay away from that punchbowl of eggnog!
When feelings of lust and love start stirring between people, many of the couples try to remain secret. Almost 40% of respondents said that they didn’t tell anyone about what they were up to! Steamy.
The bad news? Apparently, 20% of workplace romances involve one or more partners that are married. Many people find their first cheating partners at work since they spend so much time at the office and get to know their co-workers well before anything illicit happens.
When things go south between you and the coworker you’re having a romance with, it can lead you to the unemployment office. Six percent of people who had office romances lost their job due to the affair, and 9% of people found it too hard to work in the same place with the person that they just broke up with!
Reboot Digital also talked to an HR executive named Rob about his experience, and his tale did not end well.
“I worked as a realtor for a few years, and in that time, I started covertly dating a co-worker. When the sexual tension got too much in the office we would arrange to meet in a vendor’s house, when we knew they would be out, and we would do the deed,” Rob explained.
Rob soon realized just what kind of trouble this kind of tryst could get him into. He continued, “Another colleague caught wind of what we were doing and, to scupper my chance at a promotion, told our superior about it all. Needless to say, that ended my foray into real estate.”
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