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Sorry Bosses, Your Employees Just Aren't That Into You

There's a new study from staffing company Adecco Group that reveals 7% of U.S. employees have slept with the boss to advance their careers.

Another 17%, meanwhile, would consider sleeping with the boss.

Needless to say, the U.S. media are going bonkers today over these statistics. But if 7% of U.S. employees have slept with the boss, this means 93% of them prefer to advance on the job the old-fashioned way. You know, through hard work and good personal ethics.

Also, if 17% say they would consider sleeping with the boss, you have to keep in mind that they're thinking in the hypothetical tense. Hey, I "would consider" going on a three-mile run, but when push comes to shove I'll probably decide that I'm tired and that I can't miss the great guest Chris Matthews has coming up on Hardball. Something that sounds great in theory can lose its luster as soon as reality sets in. We've all been there.

So calm down reporters, because most U.S. employees aren't living an episode of Mad Men. No, they're living an episode of Taxi, where the taxi drivers don't want to be taxi drivers but no one can find a better job because unemployment is high. So the misfit taxi drivers just sit around looking glum while a co-worker gets strangely philosophical.

I was more intrigued to find 78% of bosses say they feel closer to their employees than they did three years ago, but only 61% of employees feel closer to management. Many stories today are spinning this statistic as the "silver lining" in this recession, a sign that the bond between managers and employees has grown amid layoffs and heavy workloads. Really? There's a perception gap of 17 points here.

So while the majority of bosses might want to hug it out, employees could be thinking, "Sorry, I'm just not that into you." Well, except for the 17% of employees who "would consider" getting closer to the boss if it means they'll get a better job, that is.

You can read more about the study here.


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