If you ask a friend about dating a colleague, they’ll probably tell you it’s a bad idea, but if you’re working with your spouse, then you must know some basic rules about how to do it properly so that your marriage doesn’t get ruined.
There are many different examples of couples working together. There are those that started their own businesses together, worked as colleagues or one of them is subordinate to the other.
In order to have success, your personal relationship status should not matter at your work place. Try to follow these rules in order to achieve a healthy balance:
Have your own working space
If you work from home, or have your own company, working together can be like walking in the morning from the bedroom to the kitchen to have a snack with your spouse. You won’t feel the business atmosphere. That’s why you need to be more official with your own work space.
This is important both for your work and your mental health. Separate the working zone from the place you live and enjoy life, especially with your spouse. Have different offices, or at least work in different parts of the house.
You might even communicate through the telephone or e-mail, just try to keep your work space professional.
Separate work and home
If you’re a couple at home, you don’t have to be a couple at work. Act professionally at work and most importantly, don’t bring home the work.
Everything you’ve done in the office stays there and there is no need of talking about it with your partner during the dinner. Work in the office, and be married at home.
Respect each other
Couples almost always have their own special way of communicating at home. It might be cute little words to show love, or argue loud when angry. You need to leave all that at home.
Show respect for your partner at work, and treat him or her like a co-worker. Especially if one of the partners is subordinate to the other, then the person higher in rank must maintain the same level of respect as for the other workers in the company.
Take out time for yourself
When you spend a lot of time together with your spouse, you start getting a feeling like you’re constantly together. To be real, you are! You work, rest, and sleep together, so you must find time for yourself.
Keep the individuality by having some hobbies or activities without your partner. Jogging, a weekly drink with friends or poker games every Friday. Find your passion and enjoy it.
Don’t forget about love
Spending too much time together can easily kill your romance. You have to try harder every day to keep the love flame going, or else you’ll fall into monotony and boredom.
Think about spicing up your sex life so you find more enjoyment in the bedroom. You can, also, try dating. Dating has proven to be a successful way of keeping couples happy even they are married and living together.
In the end, remember you are love partners first, the work comes second.