"An office spouse meets emotional needs, going beyond the requirements of the job," says Willard F.
I promise it's better to be alone than with someone who isn't totally with you. Work is a chance, for most people, to spend a day away from their partner.
But as the boss, you really want to get to the bottom of the rumours. Here are a few tips to help you suss out their behaviour for tell-tale signs that completely give away the fact that they’re doing more than just working with each other. They can’t look each other in the eye All they used to do was joke around with each other, but now they’re all “Oh, hello Joyce. ” If the sudden formalities feel weird, it’s probably a good indication they are actually familiar with each other. They don’t leave the office together, but they almost always leave very soon after one another This is made even more obvious when proclaiming (unnecessarily) where they are going. I’ve got to feed my cats, then call my mother, then meeting Susan for a drink and then I’ll just be home having dinner on my own.” Yeah, right. It’s like a corporate and safe-for-work version of a ‘quickie’. Their annual leave or MC days start to match each other Joyce booked some annual leave and you didn’t think anything of it, but now that Paul has requested to go away at the same time for a “family holiday”, you’re getting suspicious. You’ve noticed they’re actually not getting much work done Geez, Paul. You never used to miss a deadline, but now your ‘to do’ list is longer than ever.
If no one has asked them, chances are they’re trying too hard to prove they’re off to do something they’re not. They keep staying late at the office Paul is usually out the door at 6pm, but now he seems to hang around until 7 or 8pm, claiming he’s suddenly “got so much work” – except you always just see him browsing Reddit. Your suspicions could be confirmed when they suddenly fall ill with the same thing on the same day. They’re looking better than usual If Joyce always dressed in flats but is now wearing heels everyday, it could be to impress Paul. What are you hiding behind that door that you weren’t a few months ago, Joyce? Are you just getting busy and distracted with other stuff, or is in the office giving you a free pass for handing work in late? They suddenly both have new hobbies Joyce has started closely following Paul’s favourite football team, while Paul suddenly has an unhealthy fascination with One Direction.
While you wouldn't dream of cheating on your loved one to whom you are legally bound, you do work closely with someone of the opposite sex all day long, Monday through Friday, in many cases upwards of 60, 70, or even 80 hours a week.
You do lunch, you talk about your life and family, and you stick together through the good times and the bad, in sickness and in health.
Happening Oct/Nov 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Philippines.