By Denis Mbau
Work spouse relationships are quite common in
Overall, 70% of therespondents mentioned that
they are aware of work spouse relationships
going on within their organization
About 64.1% of the respondents have had or are
currently in a work spouse relationship.
Of these respondents who have had or are
currently in a work spouse relationship, 61.1%
are married, 13.8% are in a romantic
24.3% are single while 0.8% are divorced or widowed.
Slightly more than half 52.2% have been in work
spouse relationships for between 1 to 4 years,
37.8% have been in a work spouse relationship
for less than one year and the rest 10% have
been on a work spouse relationship for over 5
The most talked about topic of discussion
amongst work spouses is workload and tasks.
Other topics include home issues, current
affairs & news etc.
About 41% of the work spouses like to stay in
touch even beyond the office hours.
Slightly more than half, 53.8% either have kept
their work spouse partners as a secret or are
single and they don’t have a significant other in
their lives at the moment.
66.5% of the respondents have had their work
spouse influence their career decisions.
78.7% of the respondents would continue with
their work spouse relationships even if the work
spouse left the workplace/ organization.
On Valentine’s Day, only 15.1% of
the respondents will gift their work spouses.
The majority 63.1% will only wish their work
spouses a happy Valentine’s Day while the rest
21.8% will do nothing for their work spouses.
76.7% of the HR professionals do not encourage
work spouse relationships.
Only 48.3% of the organizations have a policy
on relationships in place.