A poll conducted by Workplace Options, an employee benefits firm, found that 40 percent of "millennials," ages 18 to 29, were willing to have a relationship with a manager, compared with about 12 percent for workers 30 and over.“One of the most interesting pieces of information that came from this survey was that 34 percent of workers said they didn’t know if their company had policies governing romantic relationships in the workplace,” said Dean Debnam, chief executive officer of Workplace Options, about the poll released earlier this year.Despite this, a surprisingly large percentage of workers seem willing to risk their job for love.
There’s been a lot of romance going on in the corner office lately. But what about the subordinates who hook up with the boss?
-- have resigned amid allegations of affairs with employees, and the focus has been on the top dogs who enter improper relationships despite the risk to their careers.
“Suddenly a relationship that was consensual is, ‘I was sleeping with the boss because he wanted me to,’” said Helene Wasserman, an employment attorney with Littler Mendelson. “Many people make choices to engage in sexual relationships that they ultimately regret,” said Simon Rego, director of psychology training at Montefiore Medical Center.
“One factor at work may be the amount of time spent working together.” “While not always the case,” he continued, “many people become attracted to the people in their lives that they see the most frequently.
There is an inherent conflict between coherent office management and sexual relations.