Working from home has some advantages, but some perks make office life so much better, and for a lot of folks, having a “work spouse” is one of them. According to new research, 73% of workers have a “work wife” or “work husband” - described as a “special, platonic friendship with a work colleague characterized by a close emotional bond.” And their real life partners may not even know about this person.
The survey of more than 15-hundred workers shows:
- Nearly half of those with a work spouse admit they’re more likely to confide in them than in their actual husband or wife.
- Some people are really attached to this relationship, with three in 10 workers saying they’d quit their job if their work spouse left.
- It’s probably not surprising that this can cause issues at home. One in five women and one in eight men confess that a close relationship with a coworker has caused their real partner to raise an eyebrow.
- And that may be why 13% of women and 19% of men don’t mention that close bond they share with their work spouse to their real partner at all.
- But there are some real benefits to having a friendship like this on the job, including having personal support at work and providing a more enjoyable work environment.