It’s October 2019 and Kenyans are still sleeping with their bosses despite many warnings.
And no wonder; no matter how high achieving, female executives will not reach the very top of their profession unless they find a ‘sponyo’ .
In fact, 37 percent of office workers in a research done in the US Centre for Work-Life Policy said that from their experience, those who slept with their superiors were rewarded with a career boost.
34 percent of women in executive positions also said they knew a female colleague who had slept with their boss. Even at director level or above, 15 percent of women confessed to having had an office fling.
These are the reasons why it is seen out there as a good thing to treat your boss with those ‘goodies’:
Promotion is nice,the perks are good as well. 10. In a 2006 poll of 5,000 women by Top Sante magazine, 28% of women admitted to having had sex with a senior colleague and 12% were subsequently promoted. In a surprising fairytale twist, 11% of them went on to marry their boss!
Everyone loves recognition. Kenyans love praises as well. Receiving a ‘Bahasha’ with extra bonuses or being named as the best employer of the month is a big boost to some. This is what leads them to sleep with their bosses.
Internal politics and power in the office play a big role and if you sleeping with your boss, then you will be seen as having power over your colleagues and also being in a better position. And true to the fact you indeed might be.
Authority at some point is always a turn on. Some employees sleep with their bosses for the thrill of it. They also want to brag to their colleagues that ‘they can also get what they want’.
No matter what your intentions, or how bowled over by love you might be, the chances of creating a toxic working environment by sleeping with your boss are high…Love might be there and real but most of your colleagues would not understand.
All in all, sleeping with any colleague is tricky. Sleep with your boss and the stakes are far higher than a one-night-stand with some dude you meet in a bar. Even if you’ve ‘done nothing wrong’, you risk harming your relationship with your colleagues, and even your own career prospects if tables decide to turn. Chunga sana!