In today’s tiring work schedule having a work spouse might be a good thing to go with however sometimes it could turn a bit complex if not handled properly. It really feels good to have someone in the office on whom you can rely, trust and even can get the professional as well as emotional support, however, too much dependency can turn nasty. If your relationship is really very intense and you start to feel romantically inclined to the opposite sex, it could be messy and normally it doesn’t turn out well. Hence, in this article, I am going to discuss some signs which can help you to understand the relationship between these two people.
Who are Work Spouse?
Let’s have a look at the signs when you should be alert:
- When you begin to depend on a specific coworker for your office snacks, supplies and even for aspirin.
- You find your relationship with your coworker continues even after the office hours. You guys are together most of the time and have lots of fun and adventure together.
- Be aware when you start to share certain kind of jokes with each other which are a bit personal. Also, you use a specific language when you talk with each other.
- When you don’t act fake and tend to behave real to your work spouse, while on the other hand when you interact with other office colleagues you act fake sometimes. I must tell you it is a good sign to scrutinize yourself.
- When you are extremely comfortable in pointing out their flawless appearances or even point out when something is wrong. Even you can gossip about other’s appearances with him/her without having a second thought.
- When in the office you guys are almost inseparable. You visit each other’s desk often; have lunches or coffee together, you even save the seat for you coworker during meetings.
- When during coffee breaks or lunch, your work spouse is well aware of your likes and dislikes and quite promptly orders for you.
- If you find you guys are so close that you can complete each other’s sentences well.
- When your work spouse or specific colleague knows almost everything about your life, just like your real-life wife or your best friend.
Some Positive Signs of having Work Spouse
- When you can share some juicy gossip with that close one, it could work as a stress reliever too.
- You and your work partner can make a very good productive team, by discussing each other’s approaches, capabilities, skills etc.
- You have a great friend at the workplace on whom you can depend on during those hard-challenging times at work or even at your home.
Some Negative Outcomes of Having Work Spouse
- If your relationship with your work spouse turns bad, it could leave an impact on your team, on your work partner and on your personal life too.
- When your real spouse gets aware of your work spouse, it can create problems with your life partner and if you are married, it can make the situation worse.
- Your relationship with your colleague can be misrepresented by your other colleagues and it can drag your relationship with your work spouse in a bad shape, can also hamper your professional and personal life as well.
So, these are some points which should keep in mind while having a relationship with your coworker. Work spouse relationships are going very common these days. And indeed it is not bad for anyone to get a supportive work spouse in the office where they spend almost more than seven hours. So, do have a work spouse but within limits, so that you can maintain a good balance in your life both at the office and in the home.