Office affairs now in vogue

Who knew that it would be cool to have an office affair? I mean, there have always been those slimy guys who thought it was neat to mess around at the office. But now it seems that an office affair is actually some sort of badge of honor. Apparently sexual harassment cases are down and instances of office romances are up.

And in a way, some companies are starting to condone this behavior. They're having the participants in the office romances sign something called a "consensual social relationship contract." Co-workers are more accepting of these romances than ever before, and they can even help you get a desired promotion. (But could you feel good about yourself knowing that your affair probably got you the job?)

Some say that an office affair gone bad can hurt your career, but that's not stopping lots of professionals from trying it. Live in the moment, right? Who cares if you have a wife at home, raising your children and tending to your life there? What's the difference if your husband is supportive of your career and is helping build your nest egg? So what if your partner paid the bills while you went to graduate school? Do it if it feels good!
Of course, I'm not serious. I've never been a fan of any type of affair or cheating on a partner. For those who are single and available to mingle, it's another story. Still, the idea of getting involved with a boss or coworker holds no appeal for me, as I can't imagine wanting to take orders from the same person I sleep with.

I'm actually a bit shocked that office affairs are now considered cool. I find this terribly distasteful, yet I'm compelled to write about it. Go figure.

Tracy L. Coenen, CPA, MBA, CFE performs fraud examinations and financial investigations for her company Sequence Inc. Forensic Accounting, and is the author of Essentials of Corporate Fraud.
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