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Flirtation at the Office

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USA Today is revealing some bad news for office flirts: those who flirt are less likely to see career advancement.

In the first study to make plain the negative consequences of such behavior, 49% of 164 female MBA graduates said in a survey that they have tried to advance in their careers by sometimes engaging in at least one of 10 sexual behaviors…

Some of the statements on the survey:

* I hint or imply that I am attracted to a man (men) at work even if I am not.
* I purposely let men sneak a look down my shirt when I lean over a table.
* I tell male co-workers or clients they look sexy or “hot.”

Apparently, none of this behavior gets you ahead in the business world. Honestly, I think any reasonable person would have come to that conclusion.

Updated May 12, 2011 and originally published August 5, 2005. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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avatar Karen

I would never be able to do this. I would be disgusted with myself if someone took the flirtation seriously and wanted to ‘take it to a higher level’, or I’d embarrass myself by being labeled numerous things, not to mention unprofessional. Ick.

avatar mmb

This is good news for me. I don’t flirt at work. I guess my chances of career advancement just went up!

avatar Jose

I think it puts the relationship with the flirting person into a non-professional state. Being a non-professional relationship, professional advancement may be hard to materialize.