Sex at work: India Today Magazine survey breaks silence on sexual relationships in office

In the 16th edition of India Today Magazine’s annual sex survey, we take a look at sex at the workplace, its prevalence and dynamics and what people think about it (we asked 25 questions to 2,500 people, an equal number of men and women across 19 cities).

The results of the India Today sex survey are in, and while it appears that sex at the workplace happens, there is a lot of ambivalence about it.

The relationship between men and women is complicated enough in contemporary society. At the workplace, given the added pressure of deadlines, promotions and the salary gap, it is even more so.

When does a relationship between colleagues cross the line from consensual to coerced? What exactly constitutes sexual harassment? Does it span the spectrum from a glance to a gesture?

Here are the highlights from the India Today Magazine survey:



Do you think it’s alright for colleagues to engage in sex?

Fifty-six per cent of the respondents stated it is not right for colleagues to engage in sex, while 44 per cent of the respondents think it is alright for co-workers to engage in sex.

Is it okay to have sex with colleagues who don’t work in the same team?

Thirty seven per cent of the respondents think its okay to have sex with colleagues who don’t work in the same team. Out of the 37 per cent, 27 per cent are women, and 47 per cent men.

Sixty three per cent of the respendents stated it was not okay for co-workers to have sex with their counterparts who don’t work in the same team. Out of the 63 per cent, 73 per cent are women, while 53 per cent are men.

Do you approve of sex between bosses and subordinates?

Twenty-nine per cent of the respondents approve of sex between bosses and subordinates. Out of the 29 per cent, 23 per cent of the respondents are women, and 35 per cent are male.

Seventy-one per cent of the respondents stated they did not approve of sex between bosses and subordinates. Out of the 71 per cent, 77 per cent are women and 65 per cent men.

Attraction and Fantasy

Fifty-five per cent of the men surveyed stated they had been sexually attracted towards a colleague, while 33 per cent of the women admit to being sexually attracted to a colleague.

Advances and Harassment: Have you ever sexted a colleague?

Twenty-eight per cent of the respondents state they have sexted a colleague. Out of that 28 per cent, 34 per cent are men, and 22 per cent women.

Seventy-two per cent respondents denied having ever sexted a colleague.

Have you ever made sexual advances on a co-worker?

Twenty-eight per cent of the respondents stated they had made sexual advances on a co-worker. Out of the 28 per cent, 19 per cent were women, while 37 per cent were men.

Have you ever faced sexual harassment in office?

Thirty-four per cent of the respondents stated they had faced sexual harassment in office. Out of the 34 per cent, 34 per cent were women, and 34 per cent men.

Do you know of someone having faced sexual harassment at the workplace?

1 in 3 people or 32 per cent of the respondents know of someone who has been charged with sexual harassment at a workplace.

Had a fling?

Fifty per cent of the respondents from male and female counterparts stated they know of someone who had sexual relations with a co-worker(s).

Moved on?



1 in 5 say they have changed jobs or department because of sexual tension with a colleague.

Getting it?

Ten percent of the respondents think their colleagues are having sex with co-workers.

Letting go?

Forty-two per cent of the respondents say they wanted to have sexual relations with a colleague but did not pursue it as they thought it was a bad idea

Source By indiatoday.in

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