(Closed) Confused by male coworker behavior – what should I do?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Is he married? Maybe his spouse got wind of your friendship and asked him to chill. 

Post # 3
1265 posts
Bumble bee

Huh? He’s your good friend and your work spouse but you only just recently met him? I think you might be reading too much into this relationship. You chat online. Sometimes there’s a lull. I don’t see how he’s “putting you through” anything.

Post # 5
842 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

At first I was going to say — is it possible that while you see yourself as “friends”, he could have stronger feelings?

But I just saw that he’s married. While it’s still possible, if he is married then it could be any number of things. His wife could not approve of your “friendship”, or he could have realized he might be developing feelings for you and pulled back… anything really.

Although just based on your explanation and your details about dinner, I do get the vibe that he might have had a little crush on you and felt a bit jealous that you were talking more with two other guys at dinner. Plus if you ignored his text after dinner that might have upset him even more.

So in this case I think it’s best to just leave it be. He will talk to you if and when he is ready. And if it is a crush on his part, you’re probably better off to “keep distance” anyways, since you’re both married and that could turn ugly. 

Post # 6
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I think he has a crush on you & was upset that you talked to the other 2 guys more & then didn’t respond to his IM. Maybe he’s backing off because he knows that his feelings are inappropriate & is trying to get back to a more professional relationship. I’d just give him time for him to regulate himself into a new normal. 

Post # 7
7439 posts
Busy Beekeeper

This does not seem like  a healthy dynamic to have with a married man, particularly when you are married yourself. Maybe he felt that the “friendship” was veering into a dangerous territory so he pulled back. Or maybe he’s just feeling too much neediness/intensity from you and needs some space. I’d follow his lead and leave well enough alone. Work is work – it’s nice to have work friends of course, but your entire happiness on the job shouldn’t depend on a friendship with one individual. If it does, you’ve got bigger issues going on.

Post # 8
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

To the casual observer it sounds a lot like you both have a crush on each other. He is most likely miffed you spent all evening talking to other people and then failed to reply to his text. It is not hard to see how that might seem like a brush off. 

If you were my other half I would not be at all happy about this ‘friendship’. Not at all. 

Given you are both married I would rather suggest you might be better off letting this go….

Post # 9
9940 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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camellia116 :  Maybe he realized the two of you were getting too close to possibly approaching an inappropriate relationship or emotional affair, considering both of you are married.  Or, maybe a superior got wind of something between the two of you and mentioned it to him to knock it off.  

It’s best to stick with professional behavior while at work.

Post # 10
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

Personally I hate the term “work spouse” and it is possible your friend or his wife feels the same way and finds it slightly offensive. 

Post # 11
10479 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

This doesn’t seem like a normal office friendship, for either of you. 

I think you both need to focus on work more.

Post # 13
53 posts
Worker bee

Dearest Bee, I can relate to being judged over having friends of the opposite sex. I never really had good friendships with women (drama always happens there), so over the years I began to find myself more comfortable being friends with guys (less drama and more fun-focused). However, from time to time, these sort of things happen when one of your guy friends sees you more than just a friend. I think, perhaps, your friend developed feelings for you and decided to put some distance in between, before he acted upon it. I think that’s pretty honorable considering both of you are married. 

 I was friends with a guy (co-worker, too) for almost 10 years before he stopped talking to me.We messaged each other daily, hang-out regularly, etc. However, there was a period of time when I had just ended a relationship and he had also just gotten broken up with. During that time, I went to his bday party at his apartment and noticed his entire family (parents, cousins, etc.) were very insistant on introducing themselves to me. Turns out, he thought it’d be “funny” to tell his family I was his new girlfriend. Naturally, I was very upset. I was in my late 20’s and he was in his 30’s, so I didn’t find it amusing in any way. After “confronting” him about, he stopped talking to me. We still work in the same place and I somehow NEVER see him anymore. I think he realized he had gotten “caught” and was too embarrassed to continue the friendship. 

Best of luck, Bee!

Post # 14
886 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Whilst I agree with you that men and women who are in relationships/married can be friends, I think your level of friendship IS more than everyone I know would tolerate. If my DH reaaaaaally missed his “work spouse” and was agonising over it enough to post on a forum rather than asking ME for advice… yeah, I wouldn’t be cool with that. 

Post # 15
3080 posts
Sugar bee

Is your name Jen by chance?

You both have crushes, that’s clear to see. Stop this “friendship” before things get worse.

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