I recently left a corporate job where I had a “work spouse”. In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, a work spouse is a co-worker of the opposite sex with whom you’ve developed a close platonic relationship.
According to Vault.com’s 2011 Office Romance Survey Results, 28% of those surveyed admitted to having a work spouse.
As a 28%er, I feel the need to explain that “Andy” and I were nothing more than great friends who shared a joint distaste for office politics and our company’s cafeteria. We shared laughs, acted as each other’s support system, and in a time when making it through another workday was nothing short of survival, Andy made it possible – as a friend, and only a friend.
Think you may have a work spouse? Check out these 8 telltale signs of workplace matrimony after the jump!
While work spouse relationships have the ability to make work more enjoyable, there is a potential downside. CNN reported that in a 2009 CareerBuilder survey, 20% of participants said their spouse was jealous of their work spouse relationship.
For information on managing a work spouse relationship, check out WebMD’s The Office Spouse: Rules of Engagement.
What are your thoughts on work spouses?
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