UK office workers who stray at the Christmas party, continue relationships online
London, UK, December 15th 2008 – New research from YourSpy today suggests that the office Christmas party and the Internet are an explosive combination for driving extra-marital affairs.
Office Christmas parties can be breeding grounds for extra-marital sex. According to research conducted by YourSpy, more than one third (36 percent) of office workers have witnessed fellow employees getting romantic with a colleague who is not their partner at the office party. More than half (53 percent) admitted to flirting with a co-worker at the event. 15 percent confessed to going home with a colleague after an office party for sex.
“The Christmas office party is the perfect stage for affairs to start,” said Andy Felton, Director, Guardian Software Solutions. “The heady mix of alcohol, familiarity and being out of sight of a partner can push people into silly mistakes.”
The risk of infidelity is increased by the banning of spouses and partners from company social events - only 44 percent of those surveyed intended, or were allowed, to bring a partner or guest to a company social event.
In the research, more than 23% of respondents admitted to flirting with colleagues over email or Instant Messaging, with 17% admitting they had considered an affair in the workplace.
“After the party, the ease of communicating via the internet, especially as offices slow down towards Christmas, means that office affairs are more likely to continue. It’s then that cheaters can trip up,” adds Felton. “Sending emails or instant messages to their lover or viewing tagged images from the party on both office and home PC. These can all provide the evidence a spouse needs to confirm a suspicion of a relationship. It’s at this point that YourSpy comes into its own, because it does not lie.”
YourSpy is a software solution that enables people to monitor all of their partner’s online activities. Emails, Instant Messaging conversations, web sites visited and even keystrokes made can be secretly recorded and monitored by YourSpy.
Notes for editors:
• YourSpy surveyed 576 office workers across the UK in October 2008.
• YourSpy can be purchased for £29.99 (inc VAT) and downloaded from www.yourspy.co.uk
• YourSpy will work with PCs operating Windows XP & Windows Vista.
• Full monitoring and recording of Outlook, Outlook Express,
• Records IM conversations from MSN, Yahoo Messenger, AOL's AIM and ICQ
• Records all websites visited
• Keystroke logging facility records client side webmail conversation
YourSpy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian Software Solutions Limited. Founded in 2002 by Andrew Felton and Benjamin Larkin, UK based Guardian Software Solutions developed a series of trademark easy to use software solutions and utilities including ‘The-Cleaner’ and ‘Mystic-Number.’ The development of unique, legal Internet and networked communications monitoring tools for enterprise and consumer customers lead to the launch of Guardian Software’s ‘The-Babysitter’. This utility enabled parents to monitor and protect their children’s activities and digital conversations while online. The ‘Baby-Sitter’ software engine has been subsequently developed and now underpins the YourSpy suite of monitoring tools.
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