Your spouse is working long hours on a project. The co-worker he or she is teamed up with is funny, smart and, well, yes, attractive. But you’re happily married with children, and straying is morally wrong and far from their thoughts. Or is it? Instead of eating dinner at home, your spouse ends up grabbing a quick bite with their colleague. Instead of confiding in you their deepest fears about work, they talk to their co-worker. Then one day your spouse tells her or him that you are drifting apart from your loved one.
With work and tending to the children, you just don’t talk anymore. Their colleague is a good listener. And he or she knows how your spouse feels. Your spouse wishes you could be more open like the colleague. It’s late. Their hands touch, and there is a spark. It might take days, weeks, or even months, but your spouse slides from being “just” friends to becoming lovers. The unavoidable closeness, commonalities in life, and the amount of time together can lead to friendship. They end up spending a great deal of time, on occasion more time than they spend at home, with this new “friend” so the friendship can become very deep.
The co-worker is a relatable friend to talk to, someone who empathizes with them and does not bring any of the stress that home often has, making them all the more attractive.
- 58% of employees in a 2109 survey have had a romantic relationship with a co-worker.
- 28% of respondents believe that all office relationships are “fair game.
- Almost 40% of people who had an affair at work were owners or executives at the company.
- 85% of affairs outside of marriage start at the office, workplace romance statistics show.
- Emotional affairs are the most common type of infidelity at work.
- 17% of workplace relationships have started at social gatherings.
What causes both men and women to get involved in workplace affairs is that so much of their energy and the best part of themselves is experienced at work. Then they come home depleted and have to give time to the children leaving no time or energy for their spouse.
The following are some great information that was gathered for you to review:
How Common Are Workplace Affairs?
1. 58% of employees in a 2019 survey have had a romantic relationship with a coworker.
That’s over half of the employees who have engaged in a workplace romance. Even more surprising, 72% of employees over 50 have been in a relationship with a colleague, while only 30% of 18 to 21 year-olds have had a relationship at work. 42%, on the other hand, have never had any affairs in the workplace, the latest surveys show.
2. 31% of employees said that they’ve hooked up with a colleague.
According to workplace romance statistics for 2019, random hookups are the most common type of office romance. 18% of respondents said that they met their spouse at work, while 22% of those who have had an affair with a coworker said that it was a serious, long-term relationship.
3. A 2017 poll showed that 37% of men had dated a colleague.
There doesn’t seem to be much difference in gender, as 35% of women had a relationship with someone at work. However, when it comes to multiple affairs, workplace romance statistics show that 20% of male employees had dated a coworker two or more times throughout their career as opposed to just 15% of women.
4. 72% of employees said that they would get involved with a coworker again if they had the chance.
Most of those surveyed said they would jump into work place romances in a second if they had the opportunity, with many of them saying that the relationship they had in the past didn’t impact their life or work.
5. The hospitality industry has the highest percentage of office romances, workplace affairs statistics indicate.
With 47% of staff in the hospitality industry engaged in office romances, working in this sector makes it more likely to find love at work. Then, you have the financial services industry (45%), and transportation and utilities (43%). 40% of workers in the IT industry and 38% of staff in healthcare said they were involved in a workplace romance.