Having affairs in the workplace is quite common. The reality of our lives is that we spend a majority of our time at work and with co-workers. There are a number of factors that foster this behavior. The amount of time at work and with colleagues is higher than at home and if the boundaries are blurred between professional and personal, emotional connections can flourish. Another factor is the team style environment. In this environment, responsibilities and projects are assigned together, creating a shared emotional bond towards a common goal. Emotional connection occurs since we partner to complete our job duties. Emotional connection occurs since we partner to complete our job duties. Emotional bonds can get blurred, especially if one or both people is unhappy within their relationship and shares this personal info with their co-worker. They identify with one another leading them to a more intimate connection that should be reserved for their spouse. Individuals start out innocently forming a friendship at work, but the more things flounder at home, their needs and loose boundaries cause them to become closer to that person at work.
A study done by the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy showed:
- 36% of men & women admit to having an affair with a co-worker.
- 35% of men & women admit to infidelity on business trips.
There are many work environments where there are blurred boundaries and inappropriate connections. There are particular professions where blurring boundaries and having inappropriate interactions with colleagues and clients is encouraged and necessary to moving forward and getting advancement. This behavior exists mostly in very competitive and quota/profits are guided by this behavior. The main goal here is to make a profit at any cost.