We study the connection between personal and professional behavior by introducing usage of a marital infidelity website as a measure of personal conduct. Police officers and financial advisors who use the infidelity website are significantly more likely to engage in professional misconduct. Results are similar for US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) defendants accused of white-collar crimes, and companies with chief executive officers (CEOs) or chief financial officers (CFOs) who use the website are more than twice as likely to engage in corporate misconduct. The relation is not explained by a wide range of regional, firm, executive, and cultural variables. These findings suggest that personal and workplace behavior are closely related.
Griffin, J. M., Kruger, S., & Maturana, G. (2019). Personal infidelity and professional conduct in 4 settings. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116(33), 16268–16273. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1905329116