Some workers find themselves unable to hold down a job due to being romantically pursued by their co-workers, as previously reported by HC. Even those who aren’t exceptionally attractive might be considered more so when in the workplace – a situation known as ‘work hot’, News Ltd reported.
The community website urbandictionary.com has a few definitions of the term ‘work hot’, including “When there is a good-looking male or female at your job, that on the outside would not be so hot,” and “A person that may or may not be hot, but is the most attractive person in the set of people you work with so you lust after him/her”.
Whether it is their unattainability, the confirmation that they hold down a job, or simply because they are being contrasted against cubical walls and computer screens, men and women in workplace may find their level of ‘attractiveness’ elevated when in the office, despite not quite looking like Brad Pitt or Christina Hendricks.
Although there is a chuckle to be had at the term, ‘work hot’ can become a serious problem, as it did Laura Fernee, who feels unable to hold down a job due to her co-workers over stepping the boundaries. "The truth is my good looks have caused massive problems for me when it comes to employment, so I’ve made the decision that employment just isn’t for me at the moment,” she said.
Kate Southam, a workplace blogger, told News Ltd that employees need to be careful not to take things too far in the office. "Just be careful as this (behaviour) can turn from work hot to work not very quickly and what can start as harmless flirting can end up humiliating yourself or someone else," she said.