Guidelines for working with your spouse.

Are you of the thought that spending more time with your hubby or wife would be wonderful or a complete nightmare? You could have a wonderful relationship but would it all go to pot if you had to spend 24/7 together?

I have been lucky( some would say unfortunate!) to have worked with my husband for the last 8 years. We live in an others pockets and spend most of our working and free time together which most of the time is great. Mostly we enjoy our time together and when things do get a bit tetchy it is usually to do with work.

In our experience, these are some rules on a successful working relationship with your spouse:

  • Critically -demarcate  and agree different areas of responsibility.
  • Once you’ve agreed those areas of responsibility, don’t tread on one an others toes by dabbling in the others work – unless invited that is. Something that I am regularly accused of!
  • Make it a rule that when you effectively leave the office, talk of work is off limits . (Perhaps the most difficult one, but if not work ends up taking over).
  • When one of you disagrees with the other try and deal with it as though you would another work colleague or member of staff with tact and diplomacy rather than shooting from the hip.
  • Try not to take disagreements or criticism in relation to work personally and do not get defensive. Respond as though you are dealing with another colleague or manager.

Do you have any further advice?


avatar Name: Alexandra Eager
About: Alex has worked as a Financial Controller and Finance Director for many years for a variety of companies across a range of industries but more recently she has moved away from accounting working for an internet marketing agency as Finance and Operations director, primarily overseeing the finance functions and search engine optimisation (SEO) for clients. Follow Alex on G+ and on Twitter @Alex_BusDirUK
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