Whether it's a dangerous liaison or a life-long relationship, workplace seduction can have serious consequences. Three women who have broken the corporate taboo tell their stories In this long-hours culture many of us see more of our colleagues than our friends and families. We sit next to men in smart suits, showing us their most competent and creative sides.
When John Prescott and Tracey Temple embarked on their inarticulate love affair after kicking it up at the office Christmas party, they became the latest protagonists in a long and ignoble tradition. One in 10 workers has had sex with the boss, and three-quarters have had a fling with a colleague, according to a poll. But many of these office amours have reason to be secret, and not only because one partner is a senior Government minister or has an embarrassing secret relating to cocktail sausages. If you must re-enact Secretary , in which Maggie Gyllenhaal discovers her submissive side over a large wooden desk, do so with caution. Here is our definitive point guide to surviving the office relationship. Nothing should be attempted in red leather trousers, or with a man whose bosoms are bigger than yours.
But Jennifer Freed, Ph. During my interview, we flirted the entire time, and he gave me his personal cell number before he hired me. It went downhill from there, and we officially started a relationship. I brought him home for the holidays, and my parents and family know.
If you've ever fantasised about sleeping with your boss, you're not alone. Yet once the thrill of the secret liaison wears off, the fallout of a relationship between superior and subordinate can be gargantuan. Andrew Jewell, principal lawyer at Australian law firm McDonald Murholme, says that while such cases are unfortunate, there is no law preventing two consenting adults — regardless of their positions — entering into a relationship at work. If you lose your job as a result of your relationship with your boss, Jewell recommends considering your options.