Working with your husband (cont)

November 4, 2001

Do you relate to each other differently when you’re at work? Do you go into professional mode at the office i.e. no touching or showing affection.)

Nick: We don’t refer to each other as darling or anything like that (unless no one else is around). There’s a little bit of touching, but not much. It can be difficult at times! I think Bec was a bit surprised that I could be so serious at work, but I think she is used to it now. It doesn’t hurt having someone in the office to tell you to lighten up.

Bec: Unfortunately there isn’t much (any!) hugging and kissing at work. We are both fairly work driven, so it is a case of slipping into separate modes for work and home. But it is great having lunch with your husband every day.Is it difficult to leave personal issues at home when you come to work every day? For instance, if one of you is cranky at the other about something at home, do you try to put it aside and act normal at work?

Nick: That can be a bit more difficult. I generally don’t like being distracted at work and I can be a bit lazy with sorting out personal affairs if I am busy. Bec likes to have our personal things very organised and so occasionally ‘checks’ to see if I have done something. This can result in a few nasty words.

Bec: We are lucky because we don’t work directly together, so we tend to ignore home issues while we’re at work.

What’s the best thing about working with your husband/wife?

Nick: I get to see more of Bec than I would otherwise which is great and I like the fact that we really understand the work we are each involved in. This is good, especially when there is pressure on at work. It is also good going to work drinks together and having mutual work friends. And occasionally we might sneak out for lunch or a coffee together.

Bec: You tend to be understanding instead of a nagging wife.

What’s the worst?

Nick: The worst is when you go home if you are not in the mood for talking about work, it can crossover a bit too much. This is pretty rare though. Definitely more positives than negatives.

Bec: Talking too much about work when you are at home.

Check out our other “Working with your Family Stories”

Part 1 – Sister & Sister

Part 2 – Brother & Sister

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