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Walking Down the Office Aisle: Office Spouses

By Farhan Shah

You’ve just been given a dressing down by your boss. You walk back to your desk, still smarting from your metaphorical wounds, and launch your office communication software to rant to your closest office colleague.

On other days, you go out for lunch with said colleague and talk shop about work, life, and anything under the sun. To the other people around you, both of you are joined at the hip for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, and till the next career move drives the two of you apart. Essentially, the both of you are office spouses.

But what exactly is the definition of an office spouse? Although many people disagree on the exact parameters, it is widely agreed that an office spouse is someone of the opposite gender whom you share a close relationship with, who understands your whims and pet peeves, and who is usually the first person you turn to if something good or bad happens at work.

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JobsCentral Survey: Men are more receptive to office romances than women

By Juliet Soh

44% of men are open to dating someone from the office, according a survey conducted by Singapore’s leading online job portal, JobsCentral. Although this means that the majority are against office romances, the percentage is higher than women. Nearly two-thirds (63.9%) of female respondents say they would not date their colleagues.

A total of 2,281 respondents took the survey, which was conducted online from August to September 2011. Respondents consisted of employed individuals from all levels of occupation and income groups. The survey has an error margin of 2.05%, at 95% confidence level.

The survey found out that both genders are most open to dating a colleague who is of the same rank as they are (60.8% of men and 49.4% of women said they are opened to it). Men are most averse to dating their superiors while women are most averse to dating their subordinates (60.5% of men said they will avoid dating a superior while 75.8% of women said they will avoid dating a subordinate).

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