5 Ways Couples Can Become Functional Co-Workers


So you've just landed a job at the workplace of your dreams -- but there's just one catch: your partner is already employed there. On the other hand, perhaps your partner has suggested the possibility of infiltrating your office. Or, with more people freelancing in an increasingly gig-based economy, maybe an opportunity has arisen for you and your beloved to collaborate on a one-off project, or become business partners for a brand new venture.

Whatever the configuration may be, the question is the same: is it possible to work professionally with a significant other and still keep the romantic spark alive? Below are five tips that'll give you the best chance for making it work:

1. Start Slowly

Unless you’re the Elon Musk type, you probably shouldn’t clean out your retirement accounts to start the next Facebook with your partner right away. Slow and steady wins the race here: start out with a small project to determine if you're compatible co-workers.

Keeping the new business relationship fairly casual at first will give you ease into mutual expectations and learn more about your partner’s work style, strengths, and weaknesses.

2. Be Prepared To Fight

There’s probably not a couple on the planet that could work together without ever arguing. In fact, fighting can actually be good for relationships, as long as you’re not specifically aiming to hurt your partner. Express your viewpoint, listen intently to your partner’s side and agree to meet somewhere in the middle.

3. Make Each Other Laugh

Nothing is so serious that you can’t find any humor in it. Wise-cracking at an opportune (appropriate) moment can release tension for both of you and create a shared memory that you’ll laugh about again in the future. If you can find the silver lining in negative situations, you’ll improve the quality of life for both you and your partner.

4. Don’t Micromanage

Whether you’re just working together on a project or diving into a full-time business venture with your, never nitpick or micromanage. If you can accept that we all have strengths and weaknesses, collaborating can be incredibly rewarding. However, interfering with or criticizing your partner's duties is nothing but destructive. Rather than second-guessing decisions your significant other has made, focus on your own specific responsibilities for the project. Trust will strengthen your relationship at home and at work.

5. Make Time For Sex

If you’re with your partner all day, you may neglect or get "too tired" for intimacy. Don’t let working, sleeping, or household chores overwhelm the importance of sex! Keeping the sexual pump primed as a couple is critical to the ongoing health of your relationship. Not to mention the fact that sex actually relieves stress, and is just plain fun. You both deserve some release after a hard day of work!

When is working together a really bad idea?
Even if you follow all the tips above, working together with your significant other is simply a bad idea if your relationship is already on the verge of crashing and burning. In this case, adding fuel to the fire by working together certainly won’t help the situation. Likewise, the pressure of saving a partner’s already struggling business could create a burden too heavy for the relationship to bear.

When can working together work?
In some relationships, it’s pretty obvious that working together would go swimmingly. If you’re best friends, communicate well, and already collaborate often on creative pursuits, you just might have found a heaven-sent business match to nurture alongside your domestic bliss.

By Lisa Warchovsky 


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