In its press release, Vault said respondents cited the conference room, the boss’s office, the bathroom, server room, elevator, and supply closet as the most used office spaces for a lover’s tryst. One survey respondent said, “The danger of getting caught made it really exciting.”
Half of survey respondents said they have known a married co-worker who had an affair with someone in the office, and 38% have experienced unwanted advances from a coworker, according to the release.
Vault found a growing trend of having an “office husband” or “office wife”, someone with whom an employee does not have a romantic relationship, but spends a lot of time with during the work day. Thirty-two percent of survey respondents said they have one.
Perhaps the companies are on to the trysters, since 21% of those surveyed said their company has an office romance policy, up from 17% last year. Most of the policies say an employee can not date a direct subordinate or superior.
Vault’s 2006 Office Romance Survey was conducted in early-mid January and is comprised of 693 responses from employees across the US. The company’s Web site is www.vault.com .
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