Workplace flirting has negative impact: report

Vast majority think flirting at the office hurts the quality of work life

Office flirting is having a negative impact on the workplace, according to a new report on sex and romance in the workplace.

While 26 per cent of Canadians admit to flirting with co-workers, only 10 per cent think it’s having a positive impact on the quality of life at work.

But that doesn’t mean Canadians don’t like flirting. In fact, 36 per cent of those surveyed said they would feel flattered if a co-worker flirted with them while only 12 per cent would be insulted.

Other interesting findings from the survey:

•38 per cent would like to see stricter rules forbidding flirting and intimate relations between co-workers, but the majority (53 per cent) rejected this idea.

•37 per cent of Canadians would certainly or probably file a sexual harassment complaint if a superior made a sexual advance towards them. Workers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan were most likely (40 per cent) to file a complaint, while those in B.C. were least likely (29 per cent).

•Eight per cent said co-workers had been promoted after having had sexual relations with their superior.

•Of the 26 per cent who admit to flirting, 21 per cent have done so with co-workers at the same level, three per cent with superiors and two per cent with subordinates.

•Workers in the 18-24 age range are far more likely to flirt (49 per cent) than those over 65 (14 per cent).

•In terms of gender, men (30 per cent) are more likely to flirt than women (22 per cent).

•10 per cent admit to having had intimate relations with co-workers.

The study, How Canadians feel about Sex and Romance in the Workplace, was conducted by Leger Marketing and the Canadian Press.

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