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Monday, March 27, 2021

We’ve already noted that office romances are increasingly en vogue. But if you don’t want to commit to that, you can always opt for the emotional surrogate that is the “office spouse”.

Several factors help such friendships thrive. One is the sheer number of women in the work force. Women represent 51 percent of the country’s 48.5 million workers in management and professional occupations, [job-placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas chief exec John] Challenger said. Office spouse relationships are most likely to form in these jobs.

Another is the climate that Generation X and Y workers grew up in. They came of age witnessing gender parity in college and later when entering the work force, he said. The parity in these relationships is the norm for younger generations.

“What’s new is that these relationships between men and women are less fraught with risk,” Challenger said.

This isn’t new to me; I’ve seen it myself, and heard and read of examples about it for at least the past five years. When you have employees grouped together by task groups, it’s natural that you’ll have eminently compatible personalities. Factor in the hours spent together, and you have a joyfully faux pairing.

I’ve worked in offices where the women were the majority, and I “acquired” a couple of workplace wives along the way. It never went any further than desktop camaraderie; it was as much a part of the job landscape as any other office fixture. It was fun to have a playmate.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/27/2006 11:56:41 PM
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