As though we needed one more source of interpersonal confusion, the term "work husband" recently entered the American lexicon to describe a special kind of relationship with a member of the opposite sex. A work husband is an office friend with whom you can banter, develop professionally, share ideas and pass the work week. According to a Vault survey, an astounding 32 percent of workers admit to having a "work spouse" relationship with a coworker of the opposite sex. The relationship is respectful and engaging, without any sex or commitment to one another. Sounds pretty good, right?
The dilemma is that friendships with work husbands have been known to veer into romantic relationships. This, of course, poses a problem if the work spouse(s) is married.
There's no reason to say that all work husband relationships are a bad idea. The trick is to allow your relationship to resemble 30 Rock's Liz Lemon & Jack Donaghy rather than The Office's Jim and Pam. You don't want to go down the path of a budding romance when there will be collateral damage from an affair. So how can you ensure that your relationship stays respectful and platonic, rather than escalating into an inappropriate fling?
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