Do you have a work spouse? What’s the difference between your relationship with your work spouse and an average friendship between coworkers? Would you be upset if your partner had a work spouse?
A recent column in GQ explores a different kind of office romance- the phenomenon of the “work spouse.” This is a coworker of the opposite sex with whom you share a special, close relationship, similar in many ways to a marriage. Your work spouse isn’t just someone with whom you take your lunch break or pick up coffee with- you tell each other secrets, give advice and offer support. One survey found that as many as 30% of American employees have a work husband or work wife. The purpose of the relationship is to “bolster stability and comfort in the workplace,” at least according to columnist Seth Stevenson. He says that the ideal arrangement involves one married person and one singleton, since two single people is a recipe for a fling instead of a friendship. What we want to know is, does the married person’s actual spouse get a say in all this??