These days, the term ‘work wife’ is thrown around with reckless abandon.
This is likely a reaction to the fact that statistically, we’re spending more hours at work than ever before, coupled with the fact that much of our downtime is spent wading through the murky waters of social media.
It’s enough to make anyone want to ensure that when it comes to career, they’ve got at least one ally who is always in their corner.
Now, not to throw shade at anyone’s work relationship, but it’s becoming increasingly trendy for people to attach the moniker of ‘work wife’ to anyone and everyone they form any sort of a bond with, but in doing so they are in fact sullying the names of true work wives everywhere.
Side note… have you ever cheated on your work wife? Post continues after video.
You see, grabbing the occasional coffee together or sharing a few in-jokes does not a real marriage make. Maybe this person is more like your work pal, a fling or just Jane from accounts whose name you forgot that one time and now you feel the need to make it up to her.
All valid relationships, it’s true, but not marriages.
In order to find out if your work wife is your true love or just a fling, all you need to do is ask each other the following four questions.
If you answer yes to all four questions, then it’s time to slip some rings on those fingers and co-sign a mortgage.
1. Does your relationship exist outside of the office, or is your marriage strictly 9-5?
The first way to gauge whether your relationship is for a reason or just a season is to look at how you behave outside of the familiarity of your workplace. In short, the work wife you’ve said ‘I do’ to during the workday should also play an important part in your after-hours life.
Ideally, over time they’ve also built up a strong relationship with your family, extended social circle, love interests and, most importantly, your pets. It shows a genuine bond between you and your work wife if you seek out and enjoy each other’s company in a way that has nothing to do with venting about your evil boss and everything to do with your shared love of Rose.