Work romances can be (and usually are) a messy affair. There’s all the awkwardness of trying to share a space for eight hours a day and act like nothing ever happened, or perhaps it worked out but you have work super hard to keep it all under wraps. Either way, there’s a lot of tiptoeing involved when it comes to having a fling with a co-worker.
And now, a survey of over 2,000 people by Reboot Digital has revealed the time of year you’re most likely to end up in the arms of a work mate, which — surprise surprise — is winter. In fact, it’s twice as likely to happen at this time of year, mostly due to Christmas party fun times, which accounts for 32 per cent of colleagues’ first kisses.
Almost half of those surveyed admitted to have dated a co-worker at some point in their professional lives, with 20 per cent of said flings involving a married partner and 12 per cent involving their boss. Oooh errr indeed.
In addition, 26 per cent of employers said they’d prefer their staff not to date each other, which probably explains the 38 per cent of people who have worked to keep their antics on the down-low. Perhaps save the smooching for the Uber home?
So, if you’re heading straight for the mistletoe at your Christmas party this year, just make sure your boss doesn’t see — or isn’t married, if you do plan on spreading a bit of Chrimbo love to them…
Originally published 31 October 2017