​Red Tuesday: The Top Dumping Day of the Year is Four Days before Valentine’s Day!

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‘Red Tuesday’ is the top dumping day of the year, just four days before Valentine’s Day, according to new research released today by IllicitEncounters.com, the UK’s top married dating website. 3,000 people were surveyed on Illicit Encounters and one in five – 22% – had broken up with someone the week before Valentine’s Day. Dumping someone electronically is also rising in popularity with most people breaking up with someone over their phone.

The top six ways people chose to dump their partners were:

  • 1)By text (31%)
  • 2)By phone call (28%)
  • 3)In person (27%)
  • 4)Over Facebook (8%)
  • 5)By Whatsapp (4%)
  • 6)Over Twitter (2%)

The period between Christmas and February is always a popular time for people to spring clean their love lives as well as their homes, but there is a sharp increase in people breaking up with their partners four days before Valentine’s Day.

22% of people surveyed had admitted to breaking up with someone the week before Valentine’s Day, with the majority (473 of the 660) saying they made a clean break four days before the festival of love.

“There are many different reasons people make such a drastic decision so close to Valentine’s Day,” said psychologist Lucy Redford, “Some people realise how much they don’t love someone with the romanticism in the air; some buckle under the pressure of committing; others think they can probably do better if they’re not happy and because Valentine’s Day is a national celebration, it’s hard to ignore. For a lot of couples, the 14th February brings them closer together and makes them realise how in love they are. For others, it’s a reminder of the cracks in their relationship. A lot of people cannot bear to be false and celebrate something that doesn’t exist, so they break up beforehand. It might seem quite cruel but it’s very emotionally damaging for a person to be in a relationship that’s not giving them anything positive. Staying when it’s not working can be a lot more toxic in the long run than going your separate ways.”

“Last year we had a record number of new members joining the site the week before Valentine’s Day,” said Claire Page, spokesperson for Illicit Encounters, “This is without a doubt due to the amount of people who have been dumped before Valentine’s Day and don’t want to be alone on the 14th, as well as the inflation of people who want to make a change if they’re in a stale relationship. We all have a fundamental need to feel important, loved and valued. If you’re not happy, do something about it – have an affair!”

Notes to editors:

The UK’s Leading married dating website is IllicitEncounters.com

IllicitEncounters.comis the UK’s largest and longest running dating site for married people. With over 978,000 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.

For comments, case-studies or more information contact Claire Page:

Email:presspr@illicitencounters.co.uk

Office: 020 7953 7167

Twitter: @illicitclaire

Notes to editors:

The UK’s Leading married dating website is IllicitEncounters.com

IllicitEncounters.comis the UK’s largest and longest running dating site for married people. With over 978,000 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.

For comments, case-studies or more information contact Claire Page:

Email:presspr@illicitencounters.co.uk

Office: 020 7953 7167

Twitter: @illicitclaire

New Study: Office Based Romance Cost British Companies Millions

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No company wants to have to deal with unnecessary and avoidable costs of situations such as sexual harassment, discrimination, health and safety or unfair dismissal claims against the organisation. As well as costing a fortune these actions can harm the reputation of the business and have an impact on the productivity of the staff.

Leading extra-marital affairs website IllicitEncounters.com, In conjunction with NotAtWork.co.uk, commissioned a series of studies and reports to investigate the economic impact on businesses caused by affairs within the workplace.

Two surveys were conducted in October 2012, asking individuals and business owners to answer questions relating to the effect of Office Romances on careers and impact on businesses.

Over a thousand individuals responded to the ‘Are Office Romances a good idea’ survey and over 200 businesses to the ‘Impact of Office Romances on UK Businesses’ survey.

Individuals, when asked if they had ever engaged in an office romance.

  • 75% of respondents have at least considered it.
  • 54% have engaged in at least 1 office romance.
  • 27% have engaged in an office romance more than once.

When asked if their employers had a contractual morality clause forbidding office relationships.

  • 6% stated that their employer had it as part of the terms and conditions of their employment.
  • 35% stated that their employer did not mind at all.

They were then asked if they felt office-based romances can impact on one’s productivity at work.

  • 16% answered ‘Not at all’
  • 84% felt that it would impact productivity at least a little. (38% said it definitely would)

In regards to disciplinary actions related to office romances, 20% of respondents claim that they or a colleague have been disciplined for having a work-place romance.

Businesses taking part in the ‘Impact of Office Romances on UK Businesses’ survey revealed the following:

  • 74% of businesses have no formal or informal policy to discourage staff from engaging in office relationships
  • Only 16% of businesses said that office-based romances had no effect on productivity within their organisation. 48% stated that it would only have minimal impact.
  • Only 19% of businesses stated that an office-based romance would in no way affect the career prospects of those involved.
  • 32% of businesses would consider (or already have) a morality clause in its employment contracts to forbid office romances.
  • 51% of businesses felt recommending employees seek romance outside of their place of work would save them money and improve productivity.
  • In the last 12 months, the average cost to each business from issues relating to office romances was over £65,000. So the total cost to the 200 companies surveyed was in excess of £13 million.

It is interesting then that the majority of businesses acknowledge that office romances can have a negative impact on productivity but over half feel that it is minimal, in contrast to 84% of individuals who stated that it would affect productivity at least a little.

Mike Taylor, Spokesperson for IllicitEncounters.com, said “These are some shocking statistics and we have barely scratched the surface. You will never stop people from developing romantic feelings towards their co-workers which can often lead to a full blown affair. However we offer a discreet and safe online dating platform for those seeking extra marital romances, allowing workers to focus their attention on their work in their work place. ”

Office romances are literally costing UK businesses millions and perhaps too many businesses fail to recognise the magnitude of the impact it has on their organisation. Although a morality clause within an employment contract would seem too drastic an action for many employers, encouraging employees to seek romances outside of work by promoting the use of online dating sites as well as making employees aware of the long term effects an office romance could have on their career can be a more effective and less draconian strategy in refocusing their employees and avoiding costly HR issues.

The UK’s Leading extra-marital affairs website IllicitEncounters.com

IllicitEncounters.com is the UK’s largest and longest running dating site for married people.

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.