In 1943, psychologist, Abraham Maslow coined a concept which described a strong relationship between employee motivation and the fulfillment of several levels of needs at the workplace. The Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs identified “Love and Belongingness” as one such necessity required at the workplace.
It is in the nature of humans to seek acceptances and companionship. Even against the backdrop of a workplace setting, individuals would naturally seek out a close companion with whom they share common interests and views. Under inexplicable circumstances, this companion may even be of an opposite gender.
Do most employees have a colleague of the opposite sex that they have a close platonic relationship with? Someone who knows about their personal life as much as – or maybe even more than – their actual spouse? Someone who qualifies as an “office spouse”?
A recent short poll conducted by JobsCentral between 26 January to 9 February, 2012, discovered that while most respondents are against having an office spouse, a closely similar number are receptive of this notion.