The survey conducted by Notatwork.co.uk and married dating site IllicitEncounters.com, has found spending longer hours in the office is leading to a rise in workplace affairs, with people who regularly work over 45 hours a week almost five times more likely to seek solace with a colleague.
The duo also said that those who regularly did more than 50 hours a week in industries such as video games, finance, medicine, journalism, and the emergency services were more likely to embark on a cloak and dagger relationship.
People in these industries admitted that they embarked on longer working hours as a result of increased workloads and to ensure their jobs remained as secure as possible.
Mike Taylor, at Illicit Encounters, said these long hours “pushed” people into making bad relationship choices as they sometimes found themselves in the office late at night, exhausted and feeling low and took comfort with a co-worker in the same situation.
“This can then develop as they spend more time with each other than they are with their spouses,” he added.
Over 54 percent of those asked admitted that at some-point in their career they had considered engaging in a work-based affair.