Despite the overwhelming disapproval, office affairs still blossom occasionally in companies and government outlets worldwide. In Russia and Ukraine, workplace romances are not officially forbidden by most firms, with dalliances and new couples forming in front of the crowd of watchful colleagues.
However, in western cultures, if love activities take you away from doing your job, people may get a text advising them not to come to work the next day, which is what two Manchester lovers found out recently for themselves in UK.
According to Mirror, two council employees were sucked for “misuse of council time” after a whistle-blower advised the management they were slipping away to have sex in the office showers. One of the accused lovers occupied a managerial position in the South Manchester council.
The pair were missing on multiple occasions from their desks for prolonged periods of time during work hours, which led to their suspension. Although the accused council administrators disclaimed they were having sex at work, their contracts were terminated, following an official disciplinary hearing.
The formal reason for dismissal is “gross misconduct” and misusing their working time.
Manchester council workers are not the first in UK who were accused of sex affairs while on the job. A duo of Eastleigh borough council officers were suspended earlier in 2015 after similar claims.
While in UK and other western countries office romances are seen as a sin, many Slavic women meet their partners at work or through job-related communications.
Here are just a couple of stories we published previously that show the phenomena of love at work is viewed in a different light in Russia and Ukraine:
While online dating frequently gets bad rap, forming relationships at work in post-Soviet countries is looked at as rather normal, with colleagues supporting occasional love birds rather than scolding them for a workplace transgression. This may be another cause why cheating is so effortless for Russian men, which is one of the reasons Slavic women cite answering questions about what prompted their search for love overseas.