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People Who Cheat on Their Spouses Significantly More Likely to Engage in Misconduct in Workplace

Operating under the slogan, "Life is short. Have an affair," Ashley Madison advertises itself as a dating service

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According to the findings published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers from the US looked at the records of police officers, financial advisers, white-collar criminals and senior executives who used the Ashley Madison marital infidelity website. Pixabay

People who cheat on their spouses are significantly more likely to engage in misconduct in the workplace, a study said.

According to the findings published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers from the US looked at the records of police officers, financial advisers, white-collar criminals and senior executives who used the Ashley Madison marital infidelity website.

Operating under the slogan, “Life is short. Have an affair,” Ashley Madison advertises itself as a dating service for married people to have “discreet encounters”.

“This is the first study that’s been able to look at whether there is a correlation between personal infidelity and professional conduct, and we find a strong correlation, which tells us that infidelity is informative about expected professional conduct,” said researcher Samuel Kruger from the University of Texas.

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People who cheat on their spouses are significantly more likely to engage in misconduct in the workplace, a study said. Pixabay

The study found that Ashley Madison users, studied in professional settings, were more than twice as likely to engage in corporate misconduct.

The researchers investigated four study groups totalling 11,235 individuals using data on police officers, financial advisers, white-collar criminals, CEOs and CFOs.

Even after matching misconduct professionals to misconduct-free individuals with similar ages, genders and experiences and controlling for a wide range of executive and cultural variables, the researchers found that people with histories of misconduct were significantly more likely to use the Ashley Madison website.

Their findings suggest a strong connection between people’s actions in their personal and professional lives and provide support to the idea that eliminating work place sexual misconduct may also reduce fraudulent activity.

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“Our results show that personal sexual conduct is correlated with professional conduct.

“Eliminating sexual misconduct in the work place could have the extra benefit of contributing to more ethical corporate cultures in general,” Kruger said. (IANS)

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5 Tips to Work Efficiently at your Workplace

Tips to bring wellbeing at workplace

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While you work at your workplace, follow these tips for wellbeing at office. Pixabay

Environments that combine comfort, function and emotional satisfaction can inspire people to do their best work as well as increase productivity, satisfaction and engagement.

A recent study by Gallup showed that worldwide, 87 per cent of employed people are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work, which means that they’re emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and thus less likely to be productive.

Sometimes these disengaged employees are outright toxic to the organisation. The cost is high for countries as well as companies. In the US alone, Gallup estimates that the cost of disengaged employees could be between $450-$550 billion per year.

Based on the research, Praveen Rawal, Managing Director, Steelcase India, South East, shares few tips for bringing wellbeing into the workplace:

1. Loosen up

For people to work comfortably, feet don’t always have to be on the floor. Relaxed postures can still support their productivity.

2. Allow for alone

Most people toggle between introverted and extroverted modes throughout their workday. Spaces that allow people to escape, ponder and disconnect support cognitive and emotional wellbeing.

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Disconnecting yourself while you work at your workplace can help reduce stress. Pixabay

3. Create choices

One person’s lounge can be another person’s workstation. A range of settings and support for transitions can accommodate different work styles and postures.

4. Put nature to work

Bring wellbeing to the office by providing the option for people to work outside. Fresh air and natural light are refreshing, and it’s been proven that working outdoors or near natural light improves creativity, productivity and engagement.

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5. Create an unplug zone

A space with zero connectivity to wi-fi and power will encourage people to have face time with each other, read a book or rest their eyes. (IANS)