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Government employees have been hiding bedroom secrets that are spilling into the workplace. But they’re still among the most unsexiest professionals.
Public service managers be warned: your staff are almost twice as likely to have had sex with a co-worker than the general population.
An Australian survey commissioned by a dating website has revealed that government employees have many more peccadillos than one might imagine based on the sedate image projected by most.
Managing the fallout from the 46% of APS workers who have hooked up with a colleague could mean dealing with harassment or inappropriate workplace conduct.
Those that haven’t actually managed to score at work are thinking about it. Public servants are 20% more likely than the average Australian to have fantasised about having sex with a co-worker. More than three quarters of men surveyed in the public service admitted to doing so, while only 57% of APS women will own up to a wandering eye at work.
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Harley Dennett is editor at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's held communications roles in the New South Wales public sector and Defence, and reported for titles including Crikey and the Star Observer.
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