What do Barrack Obama, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Taylor, Mark Zuckerberg, and Brad Pitt have in common?
They all had a workplace romance with one or more of their co-workers. In Reality Romance novels, workplace romances are often central to the story. Even Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele start out in his office…and we all know where that story ended up.
So what’s happening on the job while people are working nine-to-five?
The facts, based on surveys from Vault.com and Forbes give us facts about the reality of office romances. Who’s doing it? 55% of women surveyed and 56% of men have been willing participants in some type of workplace relationship. Career climbers? Hardly. Only 3% did so with the expectation of gaining pay, stature, or position. That leaves 97% who did it just for fun or personal reasons.
How do these relationships start? Why does it makes a good plot for a Reality Romance novel?
- 19% happened while traveling out of town
- 12% “ran into each other” outside of work
- 11% the relationship was sparked at a happy hour get together
- 10% evolved after late nights at work together
- 10% were lunch buddies first
- 9% said it was love at first site
The survey leaves 29% who either didn’t volunteer how their workplace romance started. On the other hand, we all know people who have had multiple office romances and therefore the above statistics may also include some double dipping, so to speak.
The survey led us to investigate further. When sex was involved, here’s what people claimed:
- 19% have done it on the job
- 89% of those admitted to having been caught doing it
The conclusion must be that if you do it on the job, there is a very high chance of being caught. Perhaps that’s part of the appeal. Some people’s libido is heightened by danger or risk.
The breakdown statistics of where the romance takes place when on the job are not as clear. The most common places to be discovered having sex at work were in the board room, the engineering lab, the stairwell, and the office kitchen. Surprisingly, the breakroom was not a highly frequented place and the employee’s vehicle wasn’t mentioned.
By now you’ve got to be asking why? In a word…attraction. And there are three factors that lead to work place romances developing:
- We gain attraction to others based on our familiarity and proximity to them. If you spend eight hours a day with a co-worker, and three waking hours with your spouse, this can give an office mate the advantage.
- We spend one-third of our lives at work, dealing with the same clients and problems as our co-workers. Having something in common, even if it is on an impersonal level, can create the illusion of a deeper bond.
- The average coworker comes to work well-groomed, nicely dressed and on their best behavior. Believe it or not, you are actually seeing the best of those you work with.
Before you toss all the research and surveys away, one more set of statistics. Which businesses or industries are the most fertile, so to speak?
- 72% in the insurance sector
- 70% in education
- 60% finance and banking
- 59% manufacturing
- 56% technology
- 55% energy
- 49% law
- 49% accounting
Are there lessons to be learned by these eager office scoundrels? Regardless of how things turned out, men and women would likely participate in another office romance, with 70% of men saying they would do it again. While that number dips slightly among women, with only 62% saying they would pursue another workplace relationship if the option became available. The general consensus on office romances amongst both sexes is clear. Why not?
One major facet of on-the-job romances is the part that stretches beyond bosses and subordinates and co-workers. The workplace includes customers, be they clients, victims, or suspects. That is real life which is what Reality Romances are all about.
On-the-job romances are a fact of life and, therefore, are juicy subjects in Reality Romances. We’ve written and had published 14 novels since 2012. Discounting the four YA time travel mystery romances in our Time Shifters series, here’s where our Reality Romance novels fall as regards work place romance stories –
- Romantic Suspense, New Adult [Indie published]
- Due Dates
- Our heroine, Killeen Ames, discovers her new life comes with a man she can’t resist who doesn’t know the dark secrets of her past. Doubly unfortunate, the man is a co-worker and now her boss.
- Killer Date
- Our hero in this second book in the series, Reno Marks, loves women…as a whole, but he’s never been in love. In fact, he doesn’t really know what it is. His love interest in this heart stopping Romancing the Stone like adventure and romance is not a co-worker but a client. I guess we’re expanding the Reality Romance genre to include customers and clients.
- Worst Date Ever
- Tulsa Wiggins, our heroine and smarter than smart, is forced to stake out a suspected perp by moving into his luxury apartment. The Reality Romance genre expands further to include suspects in more than one way.
- Due Dates
- Erotic Romance [Loose Id and Indie published]
- Master Suite
- Together our heroine and hero explore the sensuous world of BDSM game play. Unknown to him, they work at the same medical facility. The office romance begins.
- Fantasy Suite
- Alright, plain and simple, there is no office romance here. Just more of the Fantasy Island meets the Love Boat activity that takes place at the exclusive Fini Luxury Resort & Spa near Aspen, Colorado.
- Master Suite
- Romantic Suspense [Random House LLC published 3 of the 6 to date]
- After Midnight
- Our Denver, Colorado Cop, Sam Morgan, gets sideways with an on-the-job attacker and his “office romance” turns out to be his only clue to the killing of a fellow officer…providing he can keep her alive.
- Cries In The Night
- Our heroine, Julie Lawrence, is a victim’s advocate for the Denver Police Department and through her involvement of helping the people in the city experiencing their worst nightmare, she becomes involved with both the love of her life and the one who is out to end her life.
- Deep Night
- A deeply touching story of a woman’s profound healing, and the amazing man, her co-worker, who’s with her every step of the way.
- After Love
- One of most beloved characters in the last few years is DEA agent Nick Archer. His love interest, Jamie Chambers knows how to sniff out trouble but as you will see execution of a plan is harder than the plan. In this story, Jamie is neither a co-worker, boss nor subordinate. But it could be argued that he is her client as she provides him with his new K-9 partner, Harley.
- After Midnight
Find all about these novels and all our books on our website at http://www.LoveRealityRomance.com and here are the links to the books mentioned in this blog.
Romantic Suspense, New Adult [Indie published]
Due Dates amzn.to/1RG22gd
Killer Date amzn.to/1VQiH6N
Worst Date Ever amzn.to/1LUTRQY
Erotic Romance [Loose Id and Indie published]
Master Suite amzn.to/22apRTb
Fantasy Suite amzn.to/1TAc481
Mainstream romantic suspense
[Random House LLC published 4 of the 6 to date]
After Midnight amzn.to/1ZGWCYs
Cries In The Night amzn.to/1ftgfBA
Deep Night amzn.to/1pFZeJu
After Love amzn.to/1RTJIq6