Career website Vault.com found that every year since 2010 about 30% of the people they surveyed said they had a ‘work spouse.’
But what exactly sets a work spouse apart from a work friend, and why are work ‘marriages’ so relatively common now?
Based on their findings they defined a work spouse relationship as a “special, platonic friendship with a work colleague characterized by a close emotional bond, high levels of disclosure and support, and mutual trust, honesty, loyalty, and respect.”
In other words, the relationship is more intense than other workplace friendships and shares some characteristics with marriage, but without the romantic component. Only two people in McBride and Bergen’s survey reported having romantic feelings or flirting with their work spouse.
Do you have a work husband or wife? Do they make work a happier place for you?