Growing number of employees share their home life secrets at work

More than one employee in five shares secrets with their work colleagues that they keep from their partner and nearly a third turn to work mates with relationship problems, according to a UK study.

The research polled over 3,000 UK workers about their social relationships with colleagues.

We spend a very long time at work so it’s only natural that we forge relationships with our colleagues. It’s obviously a good thing if you get on well with your peers as it makes working life more pleasurable. Although frequently confiding in your work mates rather than your partner might not always be advisable.

Colleague confidantes

  • Over 20 per cent of respondents feel closer to their work mates and a similar number confide in their colleagues about things they would never tell their partners.
  • Researchers found that co-workers know at least five secrets about each other that their partner is completely unaware of.
  • 50 per cent said they are sometimes so tired from a hard day at work, they rarely get time to converse with their nearest and dearest.
  • Whereas 29 per cent said there is constant chit-chat with their work colleagues and 51 per cent said when they aren’t busy at work they always natter about each other’s lives.

Up close & personal

  • The majority (two-thirds) of pollsters attributed this closeness to the sheer length of time they spend in each other’s company at work. And as a result 60 per cent of those polled believe that it’s inevitable you forge strong relationships with your peers.
  • 64 per cent of those polled said that the people they work with made their job much more pleasurable.
  • Nearly a quarter of people said on a day-to-day basis they get on better with co-workers than their spouse.
  • One in ten male employees said given the opportunity they would rather go on holiday with their work friends than their wife or girlfriend.

When the going gets tough

  • A third of people said they turn to colleagues if they are having problems in their relationship.
  • And one in 20 said they confide in work mates ‘very frequently’ about personal matters.

The social worker

  • It’s no wonder then that 30 per cent of those polled said they regard the majority of their colleagues as true friends. In fact more than half (54 per cent) said that they classed ‘one or two’ members of staff at their place of work as mates.
  • 14 per cent even think they socialise more with colleagues than their loved-one.
  • 10 per cent of workers go out every Friday for a drink after work without fail and 11 per cent also regularly have colleagues around for dinner
  • As a result of social events, 20 per cent said their other half has become friendly with other employees’ partners.
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