Sex at work – just a fantasy?
Do people have sex at work?
Although both genders admitted to having sexual fantasies about a colleague and have previously flirted, men are clearly more willing to follow through: 50% of men said they had had sex at work, compared to just 24% of women.
Where in the office appeals for sex?
When asked about most tempting places for workplace sex, gender differences arose again. The photocopier seemed far more attractive to men (19%) than women (3%), as did the kitchen (again 19% and 3% respectively).
Overwhelming preference was shown for the security of the storage room, a personal office space or a conference room, with men voting 35%, 40% and 30% and women voting 20%, 29% and 32% respectively.
But of those that have done the deed, reviews fall short of inspiring; 80% of women and 55% of men said they would never do it again.
Consequences if caught
According to the study, two-thirds of workers habitually flirt with colleagues, and 55% admitting having sexually fantasised about a colleague – yet just a third admitted to previously having sex at work. Looking to the global results of a similar study, it seems the the risk of being fired or upsetting the office atmosphere surely explains this; Australia's employees are evidently more about concerned about the risks (or subsequent embarrassment) to let their flirting translate into reality.
Does sex at work spoil a relationship?
Perhaps the proof is in the pudding; perhaps romance among colleagues is often not the best idea. A quarter of survey respondents said they would be worried about their relationship being spoiled, with 19% fearing the office gossip surrounding the relationship and 13% indicating concern over putting their career on the line. For Australian employees looking for professional and personal stability, perhaps keeping romance and work separate is the best idea!
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