Globoforce: Why Do We Call Our Colleagues Work Spouses?

Are you getting flowers or chocolate for your work spouse this Valentine’s Day?

Better question: should you?

An office spouse, otherwise known as a good friend at the workplace, is usually someone of the gender you’re normally romantically attracted to. These relationships are — again, usually — platonic, with someone you can rely on and who understands unique work-related challenges.

Thirty-two percent of 1,864 respondents across the country and across industries said in Vault’s 2014 Office Romance survey that they have an office spouse. This is a slight increase from 2011, when 28 percent of respondents said they did.

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