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‘Altar’ egos: The two-sided coin of ‘work spouses’

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Work spousesGood things result when people have friends at the office. Studies show strong social connections put employees in better moods, raise productivity, and make them less likely to quit. Some workers develop especially close bonds, almost like BFFs in grade school. If Mary is at lunch, you know Susie is too. And if an assignment requires partnering up, immediately pencil in Jill and David as working together.

Their names become associated with one another almost like a married couple, hence the term “work spouses.”

But are such pairings good for the company? Consider these pros and cons:

Benefits

For those in the relationship, the companionship, trust, and sense that someone “has your back” can be a godsend.

“I have found having a work spouse relationship has allowed me the freedom to make decisions more confidently because I know I will have support no matter what other colleagues may think,” says lifestyle bl...(register to read more)

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