Bob Goldman
No question about it: I must hire a receptionist.

There are few people who come to see me, so I could probably continue with my current "Take a Number" system visitors use to assign themselves a position on the waiting list. (I'm currently serving No. 6.) And, come to think of it, I may not have room for a receptionist, since I do not have a formal reception area, which means my visitors have to wait in the coat closet, which has been pretty cramped recently with hardly enough space for the never-ending stream of process servers who, for some reason, continue to arrive at my door. (And yes, that's Dog the Bounty Hunter who is stuffed behind my genuine nutria fur sport coat. A really sweet guy when you get to know him.)

Despite all these logical reasons not to hire a receptionist, I'm still going to do it. Why? Because the heart wants what the heart wants, and what this heart wants, apparently, is love.

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Yes, I know. A romance between a lowly but lovely receptionist or secretary, and a powerful, handsome, ruler-of-the-universe-type senior manager is fairy tale material, but the fairy tale may be fairly real if a recent survey conducted by is to be believed.

As I recently learned in a somewhat breathless email from Brook Urick, the dating site's public relations manager, "28 percent of 44,512 male bosses surveyed admit having an inappropriate relationship with their secretaries."

Bob Goldman

Bob Goldman is a business humor writer.

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