Contributed by: ElyseRomano Thursday, January 09 2020 @ 07:34 pm
Got the hots for your married boss? Or the cutie in accounting? If you’ve fantasized about having a fling with a taken colleague, a naughty new dating service is here to help.
Affair at Work[*1] is designed to help attached employees “safely” cheat on their partners in the workplace. Although dating services for affair-seekers are nothing new (Ashley Madison is the most notable among them), Affair at Work takes a slightly different approach. The service works via Instagram and is centered around the idea of verifying if an office crush shares your interest.
To find out if your feelings are mutual, log into Affair at Work with your Instagram username. You’ll then be asked to fill out a simple form with the Instagram handle and email (the latter is optional) of your crush. If their email is already in the database, Affair at Work will send your potential flame a notification that says, “A co-worker wants to have an affair with you.” They can then choose to visit the site and enter the Instagram handle of their own workplace crush.
If two people enter each other’s names, Affair at Work sends a notification announcing the mutual match (“You both requested an affair with each other. Enjoy!”) along with the Instagram handles. Their information is erased from the database to keep their tryst secret. If Affair at Work does not already have your crush’s email address in the database, it’s up to you to decide how they discover the service.
The site’s founder, who the New York Post[*2] identifies only as Mike, says he thinks Affair at Work could be a game-changer for shy coworkers and a useful tool for reducing instances of inappropriate conduct in the #MeToo era because it lets colleagues confirm their interest in each other before making a move in person.
“You can avoid rejection and shame, and even avoid being reported at work for harassment,” Mike said. “If you ask someone out, you don’t know if that person might go to HR to say that you were proposing something.”
Affair at Work claims to have received over 350 requests and made 20 reciprocal matches so far. The service is free for now, but once it hits 500 inquiries, it will start charging $10 to view a match.
Despite the name, nothing says Affair at Work has to be used for married colleagues. It could also be a way to identify mutual attraction with a single coworker before putting yourself at risk of an HR debacle. Just remember to proceed with caution and consider the potential repercussions of an office romance before planning a rendezvous in the supply closet.