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Old 04-22-2013, 12:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I know of a few and there is one couple at my job right now who are married and also work together side by side, and to me I just don't know how in the hell anyone can do that and not go nuts? I cherish my time away from my wife at work in both marriages, because it allows a break in the daily routine and allows you to go off and experience different things seperately throughout the day. Then later on you come home - change clothes - and talk about all of it over dinner or maybe after dinner, instead of just being up underneath each other's noses all day long with no break.
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I agree, and my wife and I work together, but are prob headed for divorce. Just never get the chance to "miss" each other. But my brother and his wife work next to each other and seem to be great at it, on top of their 60 minute drive to work/home together everyday. Go figure?
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My husband and I are in the process of starting to work together. He has been working in his own business for about 18 months and I currently work part time for him.
The other thing with us, is the office is home based, so he is in the house most of the day unless he is visiting clients. I do believe we can work together without driving each other crazy. The main thing for me, is that we each get on with our jobs and treat the other as we would do any other person we would work with, except of course for the added benefits.

I have only ever worked in small businesses that have been run by a husband and wife team, as well as growing up with my parents working together in their business, so for me, it is normal.

It really comes back to respect, and if you have staff, don't bring your marital woes to work and go out of the office to have your barneys.
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The longest I have been away from my wife in five years is a matter of hours. Not even half a day.

The vast majority we are within talking distance all day. There isn't anyone else we would rather be around.
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i don't know ... I think it is healthy for a marriage to not only have shared interests but to be able to pursue your own interests. If you are able to pursue your own interests then working together shouldn't be a problem. What you are describing is using work as your own interest; that works too.
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I love my wife with all my heart but I could not spend all day every day with her. We would drive each other MAD.

Work time spent apart allows us to appreciate each other more at the end of the day.
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I love my husband and we have a very good marriage, but I could not work with him and also be his spouse. I'm pretty sure he feels the same way too. For us, a clear separation of work and personal life is necessary to marital happiness. Also, there have been layoffs at both our workplaces (we've both been untouched by those..thank god), but it wouldn't be smart from an economic standpoint to have both of us working for the same employer. It would be like keeping all our eggs in one basket.
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I suppose working together in your own business is a different dynamic to working in the same company with your spouse, where you don't have a financial interest in the business.

The latter may generate excessive competition, and also make it awkward in the workplace if one is not performing or one gets a promotion and the other doesn't.

At least with your own business there is a common goal, to grow the business and make money.
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We work at the same place, not side by side, which makes it tough as I dont want to.see her here if we split up. It would be hard to see her and not be together. Im thinking about asking for a transfer.
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My wife and I both work together , side by side , every , single day.
We jointly own a business , together.
June 26th would be 18 years of wedded bliss for us.
And we have been working together, side by side,
For almost 15 years.
Many times I've had better opportunities , but I stayed because I believed in her , myself and both of us as a team.
Today we are reaping the rewards of staying together.

We have never gotten tired of each other.
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We met at my family's business. We shared an office for 5 years before dating and then for another 5 years. After a break of a few years she came back (3 days/week) but now sits on the other side of the office.

I can totally see how this wouldn't be for everyone (or most people) but it's all we've known. Works out fine for the most part. Working with my family is more stressful on the relationship than us working together.
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To me if both people are one of these sweet - nevery get angry - lovey dovey to the point of being annoying type of people, then I think that would work out being together all day. But most people that I have come across are NOT like that(thank God)so it's good to break things up for 8-9 hours a day, because if my wife and I worked together OMG we would've not only been divorced by now but would have both been fired too!

Keep in mind she is verrrrrrrry bossy at home so picture being at work together!
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To me if both people are one of these sweet - nevery get angry - lovey dovey to the point of being annoying type of people, then I think that would work out being together all day. But most people that I have come across are NOT like that(thank God)so it's good to break things up for 8-9 hours a day, because if my wife and I worked together OMG we would've not only been divorced by now but would have both been fired too!

Keep in mind she is verrrrrrrry bossy at home so picture being at work together!
I agree! It really depends on the personalities and temper of the couple.
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At least with your own business there is a common goal, to grow the business and make money.
Yup, that's how it works with us.
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