Recent revelations that former News of the World editors, Rebecca Brooks and Andy Coulson embarked on a six-year affair has proven that dipping your toe in the office ink is not always the best move.
In a recent survey, leading extra-marital affairs website, IllicitEncounters.com found that 37% of workers admitted they had dated a co-worker at some point in their career, with 17% saying they had done it more than twice.
Ava Cooper, spokesperson for IllicitEncounters.com explained: “It is easy to see why the number of employees getting together is increasing when you think about a number of factors. In the current economic climate, people are working longer hours than ever, spending more time in the office, giving them the chance to become closer to their colleagues.
“The reasons why many married people end up having affairs in the workplace is not just because they want to have a bit of mindless fun and that they’re bored with their spouses but many people become emotionally attached to those they are spending a lot of time with and seeing five days a week. They get to know each other very well on business trips, lunches or at regular meetings. Often those who get together can be dealing with the same stresses at the same time giving them common ground. It’s easy to see why so many married people fall into the trap of starting an affair with a colleague.
“However, the potential full out when an office affair goes wrong can be nothing short of nuclear. It is as ill advised and as dangerous as having an affair with your neighbour. So many things can go wrong and in many cases people can lose their jobs due to poor judgment in their choice of lover – it’s a like an accident waiting to happen.”
Illicit Encounters is the UK market leader with over 800,000 members, which is nearing 6% of the married population. The site offers married people online dating as the solution to the issue of affairs in the workplace.
Tribunals in recent years have been speckled with a large number of affairs at work that have turned ugly, resulting in bad press for the company and large costs to the business. In fact, many businesses have even enforced a strictly no affairs at work policy, which brought it’s way over from the US – named a morality code. IllicitEncounters.com has a huge number of members who have decided to go online as a result of the negative affects of conducting an affair in the workplace.
Ava Cooper added: “With both tablets and smartphones being encouraged in the workplace and with the recession causing people to work these longer hours, the growing trend of people seeking online encounters during office hours is likely to continue. It’s the secrecy, the naughtiness as well as the fact that they have no need to worry about their spouses catching them that will lead to this type of behaviour.”
People in the UK and Europe also work the longest hours, which has lead to an increase in extra-marital affairs in the workplace according to a 2012 study by Notatwork.co.uk. Results show that 82% of the 54% who have admitted having an office affair work over the UK average of 42.7 hours per week. When asked for the reasons behind the longer work hours, the answer that received the highest (45%) out of the five responses was that ‘the workload has increased in recent years due to redundancies within the workplace.’
Of all the professions listed, those in finance (31%), medicine (24%) and journalism (19%) worked the longest hours. The research, however, also revealed that those in the media industry, which was the fourth industry in the top ten, had had the most office-based affairs. The majority of those who embarked on an affair on a business trip were those in the finance sector, with 47% admitting to pursuing a colleague over a drink after entertaining clients.
Note to editors:
Of the 44.9 million adults usually resident in England & Wales in mid-2010, 48.2 per cent were married = 21,641,800 married people in UK
23.33% of married people don’t work with others (survey with OnePoll and Illicit Encounters taken by 4,000 married people in the UK). Thus 76.67% who work with others in the UK are married.
76.67% of 21,641,800 = 16,592,768 in the UK are married and work with others
7.137% women and 7.874% of men have cheated at work (39% of 18.3% and 31% of 25.4%)
= Almost 1.2million married women and over 1.3 million married men have cheated at work
The UK’s Leading married dating website IllicitEncounters.com
IllicitEncounters.com is the UK’s largest and longest running dating site for married people. With over 850,000 members across the UK, you’re sure to find your perfect match.
Established in 2003, we have been providing a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people for nearly 10 years. Our members have one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship. Whether that’s the occasional bit of flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that’s up to them.
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