Office romance is one of those staples of American culture, at least according to every drama, romance or comedy for the last 50 years. Americans, not willing to let art diverge too much from life, seem to have done their best to make sure this is true, with a recent survey showing nearly 40% of us are getting it on with our peers, superiors, administrative assistants or maybe just that really cute intern that has totally been flirting with you all summer.
Careerbuilder took a survey back in February of this year, and the results showed that roughly two in five Americans had put themselves on HR’s shit list for the sake of some forbidden office romance. One third of that group even married their star-crossed office lover. After all, it’s a dangerous game to hook up in the office, with one in five people who did saying that one of those involved in the tryst was married. Apparently the American workplace is just Mad Men with a different product focus at each one.
Before you see this as your chance to climb the corporate ladder to the top with some liberal application of reverse cowgirl or doggy style, you should note that it doesn’t actually tend to lead to greater success. You can not in fact fuck and/or suck a promotion out of your boss, if the respondents are to be believed. Only 3% said it helped their career, even though roughly 25% hooked up higher up the ladder.
As we continue to blur the lines at the office with constant connectivity and expanded work hours, it seems we get closer to Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” in the workplace. So, put on your best suit or dress and get out there. Who needs online dating and Tinder when you have an eligible pool of talent right in your own office?