Office infatuation and awful bosses stir up responses

WORKING WOMAN

September 11, 1994|By Niki Scott | Niki Scott,Universal Press Syndicate

This month many of you wrote to say you either loved or hated a recent column about what to do if you're so attracted to a co-worker that you can't concentrate on your work -- or remember your name.

It's time for equal time -- time for the readers of this column to have the very last word.

And an advertising executive from New Orleans wrote, "I especially liked your advice about not having to do anything about one's sexual feelings about someone at work -- and you're right: Feeling this sort of attraction can certainly spice up an otherwise dull work environment!"

But a reader from South Bend, Ind., objected to the column "because women like me who still work at home have enough to worry about with all those sex-starved career women buzzing around our husbands without people like you encouraging them!"

And a Charleston, S.C., reader summed up what many of you had to say when she wrote, "Whenever men and women work together, sexual feelings are present. Anyone who doesn't believe this is either working in a monastery or has his/her head in the sand. A recent column about what not to do if you're the boss brought letters from employees whose bosses are guilty, guilty, guilty -- and confessions from more than a few bosses, as well.

Wrote a Baltimore Sun reader, "I don't think I'd ever be as arrogant as a boss would be who followed your delicious tongue-in-cheek 'guidelines,' but having been subjected for five years to a boss who followed every one of them, it never hurts to be reminded!"

"You described my office to a tee!" wrote a Syracuse, N.Y., reader.

But it's a boss who gets the last word on this issue. "I was skimming your article when a small voice inside my head said, 'Read this, fool. The reason it sounds familiar is that she's describing you!'

"I've already begun to turn over a new leaf, and I have seen in a few short weeks a positive difference in my staff's attitude. Thank you for setting me on a more compassionate, people-oriented track -- and my staff thanks you, too!"

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