Sleeping with the enemy: My Boss



He/she may be attractive and give you all the right signals, but having sex with the boss is a bad idea and a potential career killer. You’re not living in isolation with them on a deserted island, but sharing a workplace where your illicit relationship affects everyone. Many companies have clear policies on office dating an employee you directly report to. Relationships between co-workers have become commonplace, an employee’s affair with the boss still continues to be frowned upon. Even if it turns into something serious and long-lasting, chances are one of you will have to go. You can almost cut the sexual tension with a knife once the barriers of employee and management line has been crossed. That same person you could not stand having to see their face, or same person you were intimidated by feelings are gone. Yet, new feelings have grown. After it’s done some people feel a since of confidence in other words feel as though there is no way they could get fired. ┬áSleeping with the enemy: My Boss Sex clouds everyone’s judgment. You may have been hired because of your skills, your experience, your talent, drive, and enthusiasm. But when you’re involved with the boss, you may find your competence in question. Opportunities that come your way, successes you achieve, goals you meet and exceed all may be perceived as arising out of your special relationship with the boss and not your own hard work. You may not get credit where credit is due.


Stop and ask yourself: If he wasn’t your boss, would you still be attracted to him? Is the excitement and passion based on the fact that although he has control over your life and career, you feel like you have control over him? Do you think that if you sleep with him, he’ll fast-track you to the top or at least promote you or give you a raise? Or do you just like the buzz that follows you around the workplace because co-workers sense that there’s something more to your relationship than superior and subordinate? Keep in mind that sex with the boss may poison any other potential future relationships with your co-workers. And since work continues to be the main way in which we meet, socialize with, and get to know people, that would shut the door to many opportunities, both platonic and romantic.

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