(Closed) Do you have a "work husband?"

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
92 posts
Worker bee

sorry never heard of the term before and to be honest i never seen it at my place of work either (corporate)

Post # 4
1459 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Bristol zoo

That sounds super wierd if I’m honest XD

Post # 5
2552 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think I heard this term on 30 Rock. I thought it was a joke…

Post # 6
2267 posts
Buzzing bee

@MrsPanda99:  I think the work mom sounds funny and cool, but the work husband could be taking it too far depending on each individual situation.

Definitely not for you if your Fiance had a heart attack though! 

Post # 7
11736 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

No and I despise when people use the term to be honest.  I work in a small office and no one engages in that type of behavior.  While casual and laid back, we are a very professional business. We all like to keep work and personal life separate for the most part.  

I think I’m pretty old school though when it comes to the work environment.

Post # 9
5843 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have a “work husband” and I find it harmless. We are both married and talk abour our spouses constantly, my DH even sends him homemade beef jerky.

Post # 10
4147 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Fiance and I both have “work spouses”. Mine is a woman and his is a man. Basically we both work with our BFF’s so we jokingly call them our “work spouse”. Neither of us has an issue with this

What you are describing – someone of the opposite sex and flirty – I’ve heard of, but would NOT be ok with at all. Friends is all good. Flirting, no way

Post # 11
3467 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

No! I don’t even like any of the crazies in my office. My least favorite one being a dead ringer of Peter Griffin. I did have a work spouse at my old job. But in retrospect, that was more of an “office romance,” not really the same thing

Post # 12
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

My dad has a work husband…who is a male. Haha. I’ve always heard the term as a joke. It seems weird that someone would ask to be yours.

Post # 13
3765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Yes and no. I understood the term work husband/wife to mean someone of the opposite sex who you’re just really good friend with/close to. In that sense, yeah, I joke with DH that I have a work husband. We have lunch once in a blue moon and chat about sports whenever we run in each other in the building.

DH and I joked that he had a work wife a year or so ago. They got along really well, were good friends, etc.

But flirting, and asking someone to be their work husband/wife? Heck no. DH and I have also never, ever called them that to their faces or to co-workers. It’s a joke between DH and I about our work lives.

Post # 14
3194 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@MrsPanda99:  sounds dangerous. my part-time job is at a gym that is staffed and run predominantly by (and most of the members are part of) members of the gay community. we use the term ‘gym boyfriend’ to denote who it is that works out there that we are crushing on/think is hot at the moment, but it never goes beyond that. sounds like people are asking for trouble.

Post # 16
7199 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’ve heard it a lot, but never actually experienced it. For someone to ASK to be your work husband is REALLY weird, though. I always thought it really just meant that you worked closely together and were friends, so sometimes there is some nagging or help with your personal life. But I definitely thought this was something that naturally developes not something that is (pardon the pun) proposed!

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