Wellington, Dec 3 : Office Christmas parties not just bring celebrations and gaiety among workers, but also trigger infidelities among people indulging in festival pleasures, warns a Kiwi private investigator.
Private investigator Kerrie Pihema has cautioned that infidelities are "rampant'' among staff members going to work Christmas parties this season.
According to a recent survey of 1168 workers by a condom manufacturer, 49 percent people were found to agree that they would like to have sex at an office Christmas party given the opportunity.
Pihema said that with the combination of alcohol, reduced inhibitions and intention, large numbers of relationships will start to show the cracks of infidelity leading up to and during the Christmas and New Year period.
"If you suspect your spouse of being romantically involved with someone at work, we strongly recommend you attend the office party,'' the NZPA quoted Pihema as saying.
She added: "Do not be put off by your partner suggesting the Christmas party is a 'closed shop' or that you will not know anyone there. Arrange for a babysitter if you have children, wear your fancy attire and turn up.''
She also said if people were genuinely concerned about their partner and workplace infidelity then Christmas parties could certainly be a source of information that may be "too valuable to your relationship to miss''.