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28% of UK employees have been tempted to cheat with a colleague

As many as 28 per cent of British employees have thought about cheating on their partners with someone they’ve met through work.

According to a new poll undertaken by Kit Out My Office, 12 per cent of those who have considered it have followed through and engaged in sexual contact with a colleague.

In addition, careers are one of the main causes of arguments with a partner, with opposing shift patterns and salary differences proving to be the main catalysts.

“Any kind of sexual tension with a colleague can create a toxic working environment, and it is much better to keep relationships purely professional in order to avoid any HR nightmares,” said Gareth Jones, digital marketing manager for Kit Out My Office.

“Managing the balance of your work and social life can be difficult but we have to make sure we take time out for our loved ones. It is very important. Finding even small amounts of quality time to spend with your partner can make the world of a difference to a relationship.”

The study of 2,376 full-time worked revealed that 11 per cent felt they were better suited and had more in common with colleague, while 16 per cent believed their co-worker was more confident than their partner.

Lastly, 62 per cent wouldn’t do anything to harm their relationship, and 19 per cent said that they preferred spending time with colleagues than their friends.