I guess the question is whether it is possible to have a work husband or work wife and for it not to be 'ipso facto' inappropriate... such as has been stated by several people earlier on this thread - - just a normal everyday workplace relationship that mimics the best features of a real marriage with none of the family responsibilities.
just a normal everyday workplace relationship that mimics the best features of a real marriage with none of the family responsibilities
Remove the word "workplace" in that sentence (or even without removing it) and the description sounds an awful lot like an affair.
I have read the whole thread. I don't work in the corporate world and never have, so I don't claim to know anything about these types of workplace interpersonal relations that get to the point of seeming like spouses. That sentence from your post just stood out to me.
Married 2.5 years
Reconciled after divorce
"Someday you'll look back on all these days
And all this pain is gonna be invisible." - Hunter Hayes, "Invisible"
So... a lot of folks apparently have work spouse relationships - - some realize they have a work wife or work husband, and others are oblivious... although most of their colleagues would identify them as a work spouse and they may just be the last to find out.
I think that misconstrues the feedback - my reading is that the bulk of the feedback is that considering a co-worker a 'work spouse' is dangerous at best and downright wrong at worst. I'm not sure anybody has a work spouse without realizing it.
workplace relationship that mimics the best features of a real marriage
See, that's the problem - in most cultures one of the best features of M is sex. Calling a work colleague a 'work spouse' ipso facto puts you on the slippery slope. JMO, of course.
I guess the question is whether it is possible to have a work husband or work wife and for it not to be 'ipso facto' inappropriate.
I would say it's fairly obvious that it isn't okay but if your job description is "Billionaire Playboy," "Liege Lord" or "Pimp" then I guess a normal everyday workplace relationship could mimic the best features of a real marriage with none of the family responsibilities.
Someone has already said this, but I thought I would re-iterate it. Remove ONE word and the sentence becomes.
just a normal everyday relationship that mimics the best features of a real marriage with none of the family responsibilities
Sounds a lot like an affair to me. In fact it sounds precisely like the beginnings of an affair. You get the highs of a relationship without the worries about the kids and mortgage. I can see such a small step from "we work great together" into "he just understands me", "She finished my sentences", "I couldn't manage without her", and boom, you've stepped off the cliff.
People say the term in commonplace, but in the UK I have never heard it. In fact I had never heard it until I came to this thread.
Calling someone my work wife in the UK would result in one of two things. If they had healthy boundaries they would probably complain to HR about me NOT having healthy boundaries. If they didn't have healthy boundaries then my wife would quite rightly go nuclear because it would be seen as flirting or at the very least flirting with stepping over the boundaries we have in place to protect our marriage.
If she came home and laughingly called someone her work husband it would set off a massive alarm bell.
At work I have colleagues. I have employees. I go home to my wife.
The very concept of work husbands and wives makes me nauseous.
mimics the best features of a real marriage
...and what would these "features" be?
...uncommon understanding of each other
Yes. All of these can and often do exist, but the appropriate relationship is a business friend relationship, but not a work wife relationship. Love and sex are still missing. Also, it's the "team" versus "family" differentiation that makes it different.
..who chose NOT to cross that line? her or you?
..who was doing the border line joking? her or you?
..what were the 'circumstances' you speak of?
..had this so called 'lack of opportunity' been remedied, who would have taken full advantage of the 'opportunity'??? her or you ??
No one has a 'work wife' or 'work husband' although I do believe some people have 'work horses'. Just like a real horse but...
Some inappropriate, damaged, entitled, pompous ass made the terms up, let's ditch them, please.
I am now off to 'work' to work collegially with my 'work colleagues'. I will later return home to my husband, almost like a real husband only...oh no wait, he IS a real husband.
I know this because he lives with me and I get to see him naked