Aaron Gouveia has worked as the Content Manager of Salary.com since 2011. Prior to that, he was an award-winning journalist at several prominent New England newspapers. Read more...
When you're talking about office romance, a lot of the time you're talking about forbidden love. And when you decide to eat the forbidden fruit, you're dealing with potentially ugly ramifications.
First of all, what you think is flirting might be misunderstood by the person on the receiving end of your affectations. Perhaps that's why 31% of those surveyed said they have been the subject of unwanted sexual advances in the office. This was most prevalent in women, as 41% of female respondents claimed to be affected by this. But it's worth noting that 17% of men said they've been subject to unwanted advances as well.
Also, 4% of people have been fired or had to resign from a job specifically because of an office romance gone bad. So before you give in to temptation, think about how you're tempting fate by risking life without a paycheck if your love affair turns into a career-ender.