'Work Spouses' Improve Workplace Productivity, Happiness

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Seventy percent of business professionals say they have a "work spouse," according to a new survey. Respondents reported that these platonic workplace confidantes relieved stress, acted as sounding boards and understood job-related problems that real spouses could not. We'll talk about the benefits and downsides of these relationships and we want to hear from you: do you have a colleague you can't live without?


Chad McBride, chair and professor in the department of communication studies, Creighton University