“I work with my husband”

October 4, 2001

How long have you been married and how long have you been working together?

Nick: We have been married for 6 months and have been working together for most of that time.How did you come to be working together?

Nick: It happened out of the blue really. We moved to Sydney from Perth late last year. I had convinced Bec that we should move to Sydney so I could work with an old friend of mine, a developer of converging technology business. I moved over in September and set up the ‘base’ camp and Bec came over later in the year. Bec is a dietitian by profession but was looking for a change and had done some IT courses. We were really busy at work and asked Bec to come in and do a few jobs for us. Bec was helping me with part of the business, but she was then ‘poached’ by the director of one of the other businesses we were developing.

Were you hesitant about doing it?

Nick: Maybe a little bit to start with. I think we both wanted to make sure we didn’t cramp each other’s style. But I thought it would be fun. Bec is pretty organised and that was sort of what we needed in the office. The office was a bit crazy at the time. I think we had an unwritten/unspoken agreement that we wouldn’t pursue it if we weren’t happy working together.

Bec: No, we weren’t really aware it happened. We were having a great time so why make a big deal out of it.

Do you think that the dynamics of your personal ‘husband and wife’ relationship spill over into your working life?

Nick: Definitely! We don’t work closely together any more, but Bec is always pretty keen to let me know if she thinks I could be doing things a bit differently or better! We try and keep it pretty professional (or at least I do) but occasionally Bec wants a bit of affection at work.

Bec: Not really, Nick is so easy to live and work with that I didn’t feel that there were going to be problems. Luckily I’ve been right.

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