Birds Do It, Bees Do It, Even Bankers and Accountants Do It

by Derek Loosvelt | February 14, 2011

Have office romances, that is.

Vault recently polled more than 2,000 people, asking them office romance-related questions like Have you ever dated your boss? Have you ever dated your subordinate? Have you ever had a romantic romp in the office? and Have you ever been busted while in the middle of an in-office romp?

What the results show is that there are indeed a whole lot of folks getting busy romancing their coworkers, both on and off the clock. They also show that these romances are not all that secret.

The friskiest of all industries was found to be publishing: 92 percent of those surveyed working in publishing say they've had an office romance. Advertising executives are not too far behind, with 79 percent reporting that they've knocked boots with a coworkers. Meanwhile, bankers and accountants (both perhaps a bit more conservative and modest) report being slightly little less frisky while on the job: 56 percent of all bankers surveyed said they've romanced one of their colleagues, while 47 percent of accountants surveyed said they've been intimate with a coworker. Here are a few more sexy stats:

Percentage of bankers involved in an office romance who've dated their superior: 16
Percentage of accountants who've dated their superior: 14

Percentage of bankers involved in an office romance who've dated their subordinate: 20
Percentage of accountants who've dated their subordinate: 30

Percentage of bankers who've left their firm due to participating in an office romance: 6
Percentage of accountants who've left: 17

Percentage of bankers who say the shaky economy has decreased their willingness to take romantic risks at the office: 33
Percentage of accountants who say they're less risky: 25

Percentage of bankers who know a married coworker who's had an affair with an office mate: 55
Percentage of accountants who know of an in-office extramarital affair: 34

Percentage of bankers who know a married or seriously-involved coworker who's had a romantic liaison while on a business trip: 44
Percentage of accountants who know a committed coworker who's had a business-trip hook-up: 18

Percentage of bankers involved in an office romance who've had a tryst in the office: 32.5
Percentage of accountants who've had an in-offfice tryst: 22

Percentage of bankers who've been caught in the middle of an in-office tryst: 4
Percentage of accountants who've been busted: 0

(Vault's 2011 Office Romance Survey)

Filed Under: Finance


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