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8 Proven Ways To Make Working With Your Spouse WORK

Working with your spouse can be the best thing in the world. Or it could be the worst. The cloud can burst and one mistake at work can jeopardize your entire relationship. If you and your spouse would like to work it out, then follow these proven techniques.

1. Set clear boundaries


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You can’t work together if you don’t know how to behave professionally in your workplace. The moment you enter your office, your spouse stops being your significant other. They become your colleague.

2. Have separate workspaces

You can’t really expect to be productive while sharing the same workspace. It would be a really tempting thing to sit with your spouse while working, but it would be a major distraction as well. You start losing your groove and working with your spouse might become a nightmare.

3. Try to work in different departments

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This is one of the best ways to have a productive and professional relationship with your spouse. You will get enough time to spend with them and would get the best of both worlds. There won’t be any complications or arguments involved.

4. Always put your relationship first

Chances are that things might get tough and you won’t be able to attain that perfect balance while working with your spouse. There would be times when you will be asked to choose between your work and your relationship. Don’t take any hasty decision and think of the bigger picture. In most of the cases, choosing your relationship would be a better move.

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5. Stop hovering

When you are working with your spouse, you might get over-involved in their job. It’s always good to help them every once in awhile, but you can’t question every professional move they make. You need to give them some space so that they can take their decisions without getting influenced by you.

6. Ask someone else to manage

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If you both have an aspiring soul and entrepreneur skills, chances are that you might be setting up a startup together. Things can get really tough at times, as the two of you would always let your personal accounts change your professional goals. To avoid such an unwanted scenario, never be the manager of each other’s work. You can either hire someone else to manage things on your behalf or you can take the help of technology. There are plenty of automated products and software services out there that can help you manage the entire company easily, without being each other’s boss.

7. Take off from your work

It has been observed that often when couples are working together, they take their work home and would keep discussing things related to their projects and other professional goals when they should be discussing things related to their personal life. Don’t let your work kill your personal space. Love can never be replaced by work.

8. Give them the benefit of the doubt

Plenty of times, you would realize that your spouse has committed a mistake. Before making any assumption, you should always have a discussion with them. You don’t have to over-analyze everything related to your partner’s work. Treat them like any other employee and try to listen to them before making your mind about their work. You never know, they might surprise you with their brilliance.

It is all about creating that perfect balance between work and home. Needless to say, you need to set a clear boundary between your job and your relationship, if you really want to make it together in the long run. This might seem a little tough in the beginning, but with a little practice, this would be a piece of cake!

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Bhavya Kaushik

Bhavya Kaushik

A national bestselling author, Bhavya believes that too often the stories we write paint the reality we try to escape from. Bhavya believes in breaking the stereotypes and trying new things because life is too short to let it stay boring. With his love for verse, he can be found avidly blogging about life, love and everything that covers in between. He lives his life by the motto, 'I'm the story of my own journey.' "I don't write stories. I write characters."