In a world where the only things guaranteed are taxes and the panic when you miss the latest BA merch drop, it seems we've got another contender for the list of inevitables: workplace cheating.
Despite our collective shock, it seems that some people do, in fact, cheat. Thanks to a study out of the UK for doing the research we now have a list of professions where workers are most likely to sneak in a little "overtime."
Obviously cheating is a no go that’s as frowned upon as cooking your steak well done. But, shit happens, so here’s what you came to find out…
At the top of the list is Sales. Who would have expected all those good looking, social people to come together and it be anything more than workplace banter? They are saying 15% of people in the industry have dabbled in inappropriate relationships at some point.
Coming in at a close second Teachers & Education Workers. At 14%, it seems those 10 weeks of holidays every year has gotten them a little bored. Personally, being around kids all day doesn’t get us in the mood and we’re kind of concerned it does for you.
Healthcare Professionals (nurses, doctors, etc.) follow suit at 13%. This may come as a surprise because, honestly, who has the time between saving lives? But then again, if TV has taught us anything, it’s that there's no place like a hospital closet for a quicky.
Transport & Logistics drives away at the fourth spot with 10%. This one was a little surprising as 97% of Aussie truck drivers are men, is there something they aren’t telling us?
Hospitality & Events Workers secured their spot in the Top 5 at 8%. With the late nights and booze we’d have thought to see this higher up the list!
After that we see Engineering, Property, Accounting, IT & the Defence Force round out the rest of the Top 10 ensuring a solid representation across professions. Note, there are no tradies in the list so shoutouts to all you good blokes of BA stepping up and being a man (by abiding the most basic term of your relationship).
This study doesn’t class a ‘workplace affair’ as necessarily doing the dirty deed and includes flirting & sexting all the way to doing the devils threeway with a couple colleges.
The survey found workplace affairs were most common among workers aged 41 to 60. Those over 60 were second-worst, followed by 26-40 year olds. Workplace infidelity rates were lowest among workers aged 18-25, who we assume are the hottest although the survey did not provide that data.
Of the 3800 people who admitted some form of workplace affair, their partner found about it 77.8% of the time.
The most common way they found out was a work college dobbing them in, follow by being spotted by a partner’s friend, then finding out via phone messages. Only 5.1% of these people admitted it outrightly to their special someone.
It’s only fair to note that the study found women are slightly more likely to have a workplace affair than men at 56%.
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