Business Insider conducted an office relationship survey. What they found “startled” them. But probably not anyone else.
According to the survey of over 2500 office workers, 54 percent of them have had sex with a co-worker, nearly 85 percent believe they should be allowed to have sex with a colleague, and 64 percent said that they’d at least attempted a hookup by hitting on a coworker.
Business Insider called the results “startling”, but I’m sure they’re also happy they turned out that way, as I’m sure their web hits will be through the roof today.
Before you think everyone in your office is getting it on, except you, keep in mind other similar surveys have resulted in much lower numbers. Glassdoor’s survey from earlier this year yielded a 12 percent “sex with a co-worker” number.
Perhaps Business Insider just has hornier readers, I’m not sure. But are the numbers really “startling”? More and more, employers are asking for more time from their employees, and late night’s at the office are more commonplace, and increased face time will lead to increased time devoted to other things. Plus — for lots of young people, their workplace is also the beginning of their social community when they move to a new city, so naturally love will work its way into that social life.
Other stats from the survey include:
93 percent think that there’s no obligation to report to HR if they’re hooking up with their coworkers. (Everyone hates HR!) Ninety percent reported being sexually attracted to a colleague (and, we suspect, 10 percent are lying about that), and 80 percent report being hit on while at work.
However, none of those stats is as revealing of the modern workplace as the one released by FileTrek last year, which revealed that people have lowered their tolerance for bosses sleeping with subordinates, which was ranked below sexual harassment, incompetence and sharing confidential information among fireable offenses.
Full disclosure, I have never hooked up with a co-worker for a couple of reasons:
1) I always felt that was more trouble than it’s worth.
2) And then I got married, and I love my wife.