Your suspicions were right. Business trips aren’t always all business. Business trips could mean alcohol, weed, or strip clubs.
The strength of a marriage is tested when spouses need to frequently travel for business trips away from home. Due to the demands of work-related travel, husbands and wives have to go on days or weeks without seeing or talking to each other. Some jobs even keep couples separated for months at a time. Over half of full-time employees in the US travel for business as many companies have offices or clientele in other localities.
Find out more about the correlation between business trips and infidelity below.
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Business Trips and Cheating: How Often It Happens
Research suggests that 60% of affairs begin at work. As a matter of fact, the leading website catering to married people who want to have affairs, Ashley Madison, even showed which careers are more likely to produce unfaithful partners.
But how about for spouses who are frequently on business trips?
Away from home for days at a time, husbands and wives tend to feel bored and lonely, especially in the evenings. Danger arises when the opportunity for spending time with someone who may feel some mutual attraction. A survey says that one in three men who cheated on their spouse or partner did it on a business trip. On the other hand, a little more than one in ten women who cheated did the same.
Business travelers are most likely spending quite a lot of time other colleagues or clients during business trips. They’re in close proximity while doing the actual job for prolonged periods every single time. After work is done, it’s usually time for happy hour and dinner. Many conferences end with some kind of “networking” event that more often than not involves alcohol.
The amount of money a person earns annually has a large effect on their behavior in the workplace, be it because of feelings of entitlement or simply because of varying lifestyles. Employees who earned an annual income of $75,000 or more were more likely to engage in illicit or sexual activities during a business trip.
People most often saw their co-workers engage in inappropriate conduct both during and outside of work hours. However, when it came to witnessing someone cheating on their significant other, it was the bosses who were caught doing so more often than co-workers—not by much, only a 1.8% point difference between the two.
Thoughts versus actions
Believe it or not: as many as 1 in 5 people who were in relationships considered cheating with or have actually hit on someone while on a business trip. While it was mainly strangers that people considered cheating with, 7.6% considered cheating with their co-workers. When it came to taking the next step, 13.4% chose strangers instead.
When it comes to the physical act of cheating, it mostly involved a stranger: at least 6.5% of men and 4.1% women admitted so.
Oddly however, men and women in these workplace romances believe it is wrong to have an affair. According to Dr. Shirley Glass, author of Not ‘Just Friends,’ affair partners are usually happy in their marriages and have no plans to leave their spouses. Because of the gradual slide toward infidelity, partners do not pay attention to their behavior until they have already damaged their marriages.
The Bottom Line
Of course, not all work trips have to include these kinds of shenanigans. Business trips happen in all industries, albeit some more than others. To get a heads-up on the frequency of your spouse’s business trips, read up on their company’s culture and travel opportunities.
“In a committed relationship, a couple constructs a wall that shields them from any outside forces that have the power to split them,” Glass writes. “The problem wasn’t that they were attracted, but that they began to act on their feelings as if they had no other primary commitments.”