Office Christmas parties have become breeding grounds for workplace affairs.
As an infidelity expert who has researched infidelity for over 16 years, I strongly advise anyone who’s married or in a committed relationship to accompany their spouse or significant other to the
annual Christmas party at their job.
One look at the statistics below, and you'll see why.
• In a survey conducted by Men's Health magazine, 44% of the males said they'd had an affair with a co-worker at a holiday office party at least once in their life.
• In a survey by Trojan Condoms, 49% of the employees expressed their willingness to “go all the way” with a fellow employee at the Christmas party if the opportunity presented itself.
• Almost 33% of those in the Trojan survey said they’d previously had sex with a colleague during or after an office Christmas party.
• 64% of the office workers in the OfficeSMART survey said they personally knew of affairs that started at their office Christmas party.
• 1 out of 5 women in the WorldWIT survey became romantically involved with a colleague at an office party. 33% of these women admitted to having an affair following their office party fling, and a year or more later, 13% of them were still romantically involved.
• A London survey found that 1 in 10 respondents started a relationship at the company Christmas party. 25% of those questioned said that’s how they met their future spouse.
Your presence at your spouse or significant other’s office Christmas party can safeguard your relationship and act as a deterrent to workplace affairs.
Ruth Houston is a New York-based infidelity expert who is frequently called on by the media to comment on infidelity issues in the news. She is the author of Is He Cheating on You? - 829 Telltale Signs, the founder of InfidelityAdvice.com and publishes the Infidelity News and Views blog. She is also the National Infidelity Examiner at Examiner.com