Every Valentine’s Day we celebrate the love between partners who are romantically involved — either dating or married. But there’s one bond that isn’t as widely celebrated: the relationship between work spouses.
Whether in or outside of your department, your work spouse is a co-worker you’ve become so close to that you’re practically inseparable within the confines of the workplace. Work spouses are basically office BFFs, regardless of whether they’re members of the same or opposite sex.
Here, in random order, are the top reasons why you should give your work spouse a shout-out this Valentine’s Day.
1. You don’t have to text your work spouse to save you a seat at the next meeting — they will do so on their own and guard it with their life. During meetings, you know what the other is thinking … because you’re always on the same page and are probably even thinking the same thing.
2. You are obsessed with the same TV shows — whether it’s a classic like Friends or a current buzzworthy series like Making a Murderer.
3. The best part of having a work spouse is that you never have to eat alone ever again. You’re so close to your work spouse that manners don’t even matter — they won’t wait until your food arrives to start eating and they will leave and tell you to box your lunch even though you aren’t even halfway through your meal. But you wouldn’t have it any other way.
4. You trust their opinion. Whether it’s a trivial decision like what to eat or wear or a more serious work-related one, you turn to your work spouse for direction and know you can always count on them to be there for you.
5. You have developed a language of your own with your work spouse that probably no one else understands. This includes words, acronyms, sayings, movie quotes, gestures, glances, texts, emojis and so much more.
6. Your work spouse is just an IM away when you need a quick break to discuss urgent matters — like the latest Making a Murderer conspiracy theory.
7. It’s the worst when your work spouse has the day off or, heaven forbid, is on vacation for a week. What are you supposed to do while they’re away? What is there to look forward to when you’re taking midday breaks?
8. Traveling for work is a lot more fun if you’ve got your work spouse to keep you company. You will even make the sacrifice of squeezing into a tiny middle seat next to questionable people — just so you can sit next to and keep chatting with your work spouse.
9. On the days you’re forced to stay at work after hours to wrap up an important assignment, you try to
bribe or threaten convince your work spouse to stay late with you.
10. You act like your goofy self around your work spouse because you’re free to be yourself. You don’t hide a lot from this person — even if you watch shows like Vanderpump Rules or The Bachelor, your work spouse will never judge you (or they’ll judge you but love you anyway).
11. You tend to get along with similar types of people — and you also tend to have issues dealing with similar people. If your work spouse has a nemesis, that person becomes your nemesis, too. Whatever the situation, you know they always have your back.
12. You will get texts or Facebook alerts from your work spouse at any hour of the day or night or weekend because if something is funny or interesting right now, you can’t wait until the next morning at work to share it.
13. You will never, ever participate in or spread gossip about your work spouse or air any of their dirty laundry — even though you know more of it than anyone else in the office.
14. If you’re feeling stressed or just having a bad day, the first person you turn to is your work spouse. Chances are your work spouse will not only sense that right away, but he/she will also do whatever it takes — from making a coffee run to telling bad dad jokes — to make you feel better.
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