A post last week on Lemondrop reported on the emerging trend of “work spouse” relationships among Americans. Essentially, a work spouse is an office best friend, only on a more intimate level. Think of that one person you actually look forward to seeing at work every day – the one with whom you can talk and be yourself. According to a new study by the Captivate Network, more and more people are having these close work relationships in a variety of ways.
While the work spouse relationship can be flirtatious and may even lead to affairs, many people find non-romantic same-sex work partners. And these “special friends” aren’t just relegated to the workplace. Many people talk to their work spouses at night and during weekends, and ask for their opinions and ideas about almost any subject. In fact, researchers have found that in some cases, a person can consider the opinion of their work spouse to be more important than that of their actual significant other.
Although these work spouse relationships are often platonic, it’s strange to think of people forming such close ties to their co-workers, especially at the exclusion of their partners and families at home. But because so many adults spend the majority of their time at work, perhaps in the near future everyone will just marry their work spouses and spend most of their free time socializing with their co-workers, like they do on The Office. (For people who don’t even seem to like each other half the time, those Scranton paper people sure do spend a lot of time together.)
Do you have a work spouse, or know someone who does? How does your work spouse affect your relationships at home? Let us know in the comments section, below.