The Work Wife


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Michael Desmond/ABC via Getty Images

Over our working lives, we encounter plenty of pals, acqaintances and even enemies, but the beloved work spouse is rarer -- and, it turns out, more productivity-enhancing. Cristen and Caroline look at what makes our work wives and husbands so special, how gender influences our relationships and how to prevent your IRL spouse from getting jealous.

Episode Sources:

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"Friends at work? Not so much" http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/06/opinion/sunday/adam-grant-friends-at-work-not-so-much.html?_r=0

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"You need a work best friend" http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2014/12/you-need-a-work-best-friend.html

"Why you need a work wife" http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/11/why-you-need-a-work-wife.html

"Your 'work spouse' is one of the most meaningful relationships in your life -- Here's why" https://mic.com/articles/115126/your-work-spouse-is-one-of-the-most-meaningful-relationships-in-your-life-here-s-why#.lZdUB3zOw

"The problem with this common in-office relationship" http://www.refinery29.com/work-wife-coworker-relationships

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"Signs you've crossed the line with your work spouse" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/26/work-spouse_n_1901577.html

Topics in this Podcast: relationships, friends, women in the workplace