Whether or not you have an actual husband or partner at home, apparently there’s a good chance you’ve got a special someone at work: according to a recent survey, 65 percent of workers have or have had a work spouse. What is a work spouse? It’s your closest ally at work, someone with whom you share frustrations, brainstorming sessions, inside jokes, maybe even your lunch. This person is your best friend and confidante until the clock strikes 5, when you both retreat to separate personal lives. Despite flirty undertones, the study also notes that only 8 percent of work spouses actually cross the line into a physical relationship, but does that make it OK? I’ve had work husbands before, and while it was fun at first, all of them eventually got a little too close for comfort. Nothing happened, but in every case I decided to distance myself out of respect for my real life boyfriend. On the flip side, Jessica once went through a work husband divorce that got so ugly she talked about it in therapy. So, what do you think of the “work husband” concept? Have you ever had one? Would you be OK with your real husband or boyfriend having a “work wife?” [Women's Health]
As a freelance writer, I’ve worked in offices, cubicles, coffeeshops, and everywhere in between. Starting this week I’ll be writing full-time for The Frisky (yay!) [Double yay! -- Editor], which means I’m back to working from home, and I’m excited to update my office space. Wherever you spend your workday, here are 6 simple ways to spruce up your space to increase productivity and decrease the 9-5 blues…
Holiday parties are like the highlight of the work year. You get to wear a cocktail dress, drink on your company’s dime, and take advantage of your annual get-out-of-embarrassment free card. On a good night, that includes busting out some dance moves, eating your fill of mini quiche, and getting just sloshed enough to make out with someone by the light of the copy machine. On a bad night, this includes insulting the CEO (who you didn’t know was the CEO because you were just an intern) and hiding in the bathroom of the Four Seasons for the rest of the night. True story, but one for another time. For now, I just want to make sure that should you choose to hook up in work territory, that you do it carefully. Canoodling with co-workers can be very dangerous. But isn’t that half the fun? Here are the eight guys you should and shouldn’t get with at the holiday party.
It used to be that on Christmas or Hanukkah, our more practical parent always gifted us with a wall calendar for the upcoming year. Back then, 12 months of Kirk Cameron was something to look forward to. Now that we’re older, we want a wall calendar that’s sleek and practical to go above our desk. We’d hang this canvas calendar with four tacks, with a fifth to mark the date.
In honor of Cranky Coworkers Day, I’d like to take this opportunity to create a forum to vent about the most annoying things our coworkers do. Let’s face it, no matter how saintly you are, when you spend eight hours a day in a cramped space with anyone you are bound to get irritated at some point. Of course, my co-workers at The Frisky are a dream to work with, but it hasn’t always been that way. Let’s just say I had a boss who made me print out and fax every email she received to her hotel while she was on vacation. That’s an entire forest, gone in minutes. There was also the coworker who would come by my desk and always take a bite of my lunch without asking. WTF? And last, but certainly not least, the douche bag dude who took all the credit for my work. He made me understand the true meaning of “going postal.” Go ahead, get your rocks off. Tell us what your coworkers do that drive you crazy.
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