More men than women seem open to a sexual relationship with their work superiors, and that may be because it sometimes pays off: Men are more likely than women to receive a promotion after sleeping with the boss, according to a recent survey.
Conducted by career site Zety, the survey dives into the rationales behind a tryst with management, as well as possible pros and cons. Results found that most people have not slept with their bosses; 40% of more than 1,000 employees who were surveyed admitted to having been attracted to their workplace superiors, though they did not turn their desires into actions.
That’s not to say that no one’s getting busy with their boss: A sizable 27.2% of women and 28.1% of men have actually gone through with the deed, and of those, almost 40% did so more than once.
Among the most common motives for sexual relations with a boss were physical attraction and a desire for a good time. But smaller percentages had more deviant reasons for getting steamy on a desk or in an office closet (or on an apartment bed, I guess) with their superior. And while most workers said they would do nothing if they found out another employee was sleeping with the boss, some people jumped at the opportunity to blackmail their manager or colleague.
Here are some of the bizarre findings from the study — try not to cringe.
Sleeping with the boss for … more vacation days?
Some people crave power, and 21.8% of respondents who slept with their boss said they did so for the simple reason that they found power attractive. But power also means managers and other superiors can bestow or take away privileges. When some employees decided to become sexually involved with their bosses, their motives were pretty selfish: 12.1% wanted a pay raise, 11.2% a promotion, another 11.2% a larger bonus and 9.7% additional vacation or sick days. Some people were more altruistic: 8.3% did it to help a colleague get a pay raise, and 7.3% were trying to get a friend hired. Then, there were the truly dark souls: 8.7% said they went through with it for the explicit reason of blackmailing their boss, which is truly next level.
A fun factoid: The survey found that men were twice as likely as women to sleep with their superiors in hopes of a promotion.
58% of employees said at some point in their career they knew of a colleague who had slept with their boss, and a majority (64.5%) said they were inclined to do nothing if they learned of such an affair. But there’s always someone looking to stir up trouble, and a whopping 16% said they would share the news with a colleague, while 4.2% and 3.2% said they would use the information to blackmail their boss and the involved co-worker respectively.
Another surprising phenomenon: After colleagues heard of a sexual relationship between an employee and their boss, 6.6% said they would attempt to sleep with the employee and 5% said the same of the boss. To these individuals, one sexual relationship appears to indicate that the parties involved are open for business?
But perhaps the most eye-catching survey result is that 3.3% of people said they would post on social media after hearing about the relationship.
Crawl out through the fallout
For most people who chose to have sex with their bosses, it seems nothing dire happened. Around a quarter of them actually ended up in an intimate relationship with their superior, almost 15% got a pay raise and 13% were promoted.
But not everyone got out sans scars. 10.6% said colleagues started rumors about them, almost 8% said HR got involved, almost 14% found a new job and 3.4% were demoted.
So what’s the takeaway? Well, not everyone’s sleeping with their boss with good intentions, and some colleagues may be willing to stab their coworkers in the back for blackmail or a good story. But at least most people won’t live-tweet your office drama, and that’s something.