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Employees Who Work Overtime Are 5 Times More Likely to Have an Affair

Update Date: Feb 22, 2013 01:55 PM EST

Employees who were overtime are five times more likely to have an affair, according to a new study.

While it may seem that people working more than 45 hours a week struggle to get any personal time at all, a new study reveals that they are likely to find the time and energy to get flirty with their colleagues during long, lonely evenings in the office, according to a new survey.

A new survey, conducted by the website and married dating site, revealed that people working the most hours also reported more work-based affairs.

Illicit Encounters spokesman Mike Taylor warned that people working extra, unpaid hours often risk getting into sexual affairs with their overworked colleagues.

"Working longer hours without additional pay or benefits can push people into making bad relationship decisions," Taylor said, according to the Daily Mail.

"Workers can find themselves in the office late at night, exhausted and feeling low and take comfort with a co-worker in the same situation," he explained. "This can then develop as they spend more time with each other than they are with their spouses."

"Over 54 per cent of all workers admitted that at some point in their career they have considered engaging in a work-based affair and this study shows the likelihood of them doing so increases exponentially when working hours are increased," he said.

The survey warned that every time an employee has to work overtime, the chance of them jumping in the sack with a co-worker increases. 

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