Americans spend a lot of time at work these days, so it makes sense that folks get very close to those who they work with. In fact, some people get so close to colleagues they go so far as to call them their work spouse, and it seems a lot of people have one.
A new poll finds that 50.2% of women and 44.4% of men admit they have a work spouse, which Simply Hired defines as a “colleague you have a strong friendship with, who is the gender you're attracted to, and with whom you have a bond that resembles that of a married couple.”
Some people are so close to their work spouses they have no problem talking to them on a variety of subjects, with 75.8% of people going to them with work problems, and another 75.4% talking to them about colleagues. But often work spouses will talk about more than just work. Other topics folks talk about with their work spouse include:
- My marriage or romantic relationships (56.9%)
- Problems at home (51.2%)
- My sex life (29.1%)
- For most people, a work spouse isn’t someone they keep secret from their real-life spouse. In fact, 57% of men and 69% of women have actually introduced their work spouse to a partner. Of course not everyone is so forthcoming with the info, with 21% of people saying they’ve lied to their partner about their work spouse, with men more likely to lie than women (24.5% vs. 17.4%).