Almost half of employees flirt in the workplace to get their own way research has revealed.
The survey by careers website Fish4jobs also shows twice as many women as men admit to flirting with their bosses but men are more likely to focus their attentions on their junior colleagues.
Nearly a quarter of respondents say they have flirted in order to hand work over to someone else and other reasons highlighted include leaving work early, covering up a mistake and getting time off.
Two fifths of those surveyed believe that flirting at work can help people do their jobs better and is an important part of succeeding at work.
But almost one third think flirting can undermine a person’s professional status and 17 per cent say it should be stopped or result in disciplinary action.
Almost a quarter of office workers have witnessed a situation where it has got out of hand and 45 per cent have seen a situation where people have stopped speaking to each other.
More than a third of respondents have seen office flirting leading to an affair and 26 per cent to marriage.